University of Pittsburgh


The Heinz Chapel pipe organ reflects the magnificence of the building and will enhance the beauty and grandeur of your wedding with music appropriate to the setting.


A Chapel organist will be at your rehearsal to play your chosen processional and recessional marches, finalize placement of all music for your ceremony, and rehearse with any additional musicians, if needed.


The organist will play a 15 minute organ prelude as guests are being seated, the processional march, and any music you have requested during the ceremony.  The wedding couple should consult with their officiant regarding the style of music and specific pieces that may be performed.  Many officiants permit only sacred or liturgical music during the ceremony.  At the conclusion of your ceremony the organist will play the recessional march and a short postlude as your guests exit the chapel.

Wedding Marches

Audio samples of the processional and recessional pieces are available on the music selection form and you may submit your choices electronically from the website.  A trumpet may be used with some of the marches.  If you elect to include a trumpet, the trumpeter should attend the wedding rehearsal.

       Processional Marches
       You will need one march for the attendants and one for the principal.  Or, you may elect to have        one march for both the attendants and the principal.                                                  

              Jeremiah Clarke, Trumpet Voluntary in D Major
John Stanley, Trumpet Voluntary in D Major
Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Prelude (from Te Deum)
   AndrĂ© Campra, Rigaudon (from IdomenĂ©e)
Ludwig van Beethoven, Ode to Joy
Johann Pachelbel, Canon in D
              Jean-Joseph Mouret, Rondeau (from Sinfonie de Fanfares)
Richard Wagner, Wedding Chorus (from Lohengrin) (Principal only)
              George Frideric Handel, Overture to the Fireworks Music (Principal only)
              George Frideric Handel, "The Rejoicing" (from the Fireworks Music) (Principal only) 

       Recessional Marches
       You will need only one march: 

              Henry Purcell, Trumpet Tune in C Major
Felix Mendelssohn, Wedding Music (from Midsummer Night's Dream)
Ludwig van Beethoven, Ode to Joy
George Frideric Handel, Hornpipe (from Water Music)
Benedetto Marcello, Psalm 19, "The Heavens Declare the Glory of God"
Charles-Marie Widor, Toccata (from the Fifth Organ Symphony)
              Jean-Joseph Mouret, Rondeau (from Sinfonie de Fanfares)
              Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Now Thank We All Our God

Prelude and Postlude Music

The organist will select from a variety of fine organ music.  Violin, flute, or other chamber instruments with or without organ accompaniment may be included during the prelude/postlude.  The organist will not play transcriptions of piano or orchestral works or popular contemporary tunes.

Other Musicians

Vocalists and instrumentalists are welcome at Heinz Chapel.  The wedding couple should make arrangements directly with any additional musicians they wish to include.  Those requiring organ accompaniment need to attend the wedding rehearsal and should provide complete and legible sheet music, in advance, to the organist.  During the ceremony a limit of three musical selections is advised.

                                     Recorded music is not permitted in the chapel.

If you wish to discuss any of the above please call the Heinz Chapel office, 412-624-4157, to speak with one of our wedding coordinators.