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Dr. Rose J. Whitmore

Associate Professor of Music and College Organist 

Teaching Area



  • DMA, Organ Performance, University of Washington
  • MM, Northwestern University
  • MAT, Lewis and Clark College
  • MM, University of Oregon
  • BM, University of Oregon
  • BA, University of Oregon


Dr. Rose Whitmore is a member of the Music Department and the College Organist. She has performed in Germany and the United States, and has taught organ performance, music history and theory, and mathematics (algebra through calculus) in the Pacific Northwest and Midwest. Her current research focuses on organ pedagogy and how learning takes place in the languages of music and mathematics. 

Learning is so much about waking up to who you already are and what you already have been given. Principia is a wonderful place to find your gifts and discover where they are needed in the world.

Scholarly Interests

  • Interdisciplinarity of music and mathematics
  • Topic studies: J.S. Bach, Taubman Approach
  • Pedagogy of musicology and music performance

Contributions to Field

  • Electronic music/acoustic pipe organ collaborations with Professor James Hegarty, February 2019, March 2020
  • “Bells and Bourdons: Celebration of the Influence of Carillons on Organ Music,” lecture/recital for Con Spirito Concert Series, First Presbyterian Church, Kirkwood, Missouri, November 19, 2019
  • “Teaching Tips for Teens,” workshop for St. Louis American Guild of Organists February Flourish, February 11, 2018
  • Dissertation: "Edward Elgar: Symphonic Idealism and Sonata in G major for Organ, Op. 28" (Fellowship-supported original research with private access to Elgar Archives in Broadheath, England), 2013
  • Brahms iconography research for the American Brahms Society Archive


  • Fellow of the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (Hamburg, Germany)
  • Fulbright Scholar alternate
  • Boeing Research Fellow (London)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Guild of Organists
  • Mu Phi Epsilon
  • Phi Eta Sigma
  • Pi Kappa Lambda
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Dr. Rose Whitmore CV