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Friday Evening Organ Recital Refreshments to follow. This will be an evening that all will enjoy (not just organists!), and is a fantastic opportunity to invite friends of all faiths to attend. There is no registration for this event, just come if you are able and bring fellow music lovers. Saturday Morning Organ Training Building [...]
Why Undertake Organ Study?

The quality of civilization can be measured through its music, dance, drama, architecture, visual art and literature. –Ernest L. Boyer Music is a part of every culture and is a need of each human being. The mastery of music brings about a synthesis of the intellectual, emotional, spiritual, physical, and aesthetic capacities of an individual. […]

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U of U Group Organ Instruction

Welcome to group organ instruction with the help of OrganTutor Organ 101. The intent of this web resource is to offer you the benefit of seven years of experience–of trial and error–so that your students will reap the fullest benefit of this form of instruction. I am assuming that you will be using OrganTutor (“OT”) […]

Tuesday 8:00 a.m.
Elizabeth Forsyth Alena Hall
Traveling Organ
(C-180)
C-180 Traveling (Model T967-MV built by Rodgers Instruments LLC) This is a three-manual organ with electric key action and wood keyboards. It is designed to be transported by a trailer for solo performances, demonstrations, and choir accompaniment, and is stored for practice purposes in room C-180. Its manual and pedal keyboards are AGO standard. The [...]
The Organ Console

Designed for pianists/keyboardists who are new to the organ, this session is an introduction to the organ console. Mysteries of the organ console are revealed, including the divisions of the organ and console devices such as thumb pistons and toe studs, expression and crescendo pedals, and other registrational aids. Consider being seated near an organ […]

The New Ward Organist
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The New LDS Organist Podcasts

The New LDS Organist Podcasts To make the most of these lessons, download and print the 54-page packet before beginning. Lesson 1: Welcome to Organ Playing! Lesson 2 : First Steps in Pedal Playing Lesson 3 : Playing Prelude Music that Invites the Spirit Lesson 4 : Effective Hymn Playing–An Overview Lesson 5: Hymn Playing […]

Testimonials
I loved the small demo organ that we were able to assemble during breakfast. I've come to these every year since they started in the DC area & I'm always motivated to do better. I was so inspired with the Hymn Sing, wishing that we could sing with the choirs of angels and organ and [...]
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The Next BYU Organ Workshop Join us for this year's workshop: August 6-9, 2019 Sponsored by the BYU School of Music More LDS Organist Outreach Avid Organist Wants to Improve Training, Art of Organ Playing More The New LDS Organist A free course of twelve lessons designed to help LDS pianists adapt their skills to [...]
SUMMER ORGAN WORKSHOP PRIVATE LESSONS – 50 MINUTE TIME SLOTS
Click on the time slot you would like for your lesson to begin. Tuesday 8:00 am 8:30 am 9:00 am 9:30 am 10:00 am 10:30 am 11:00 am 11:30 am 12:00 pm 12:30 pm 1:00 pm 1:30 pm 2:00 pm 2:30 pm 3:00 pm 3:30 pm 4:00 pm 4:30 pm Wednesday 8:00 am 8:30 am [...]
Summer Organ Workshop Private Lessons – Instructors
Elizabeth Forsyth Nora Hess Daniel Kerr Valerie Harris Seth Bott Ruth Thomas Kymberly Payne Neil Harmon
Summer Organ Workshop Private Lessons – 25 Minute Time Slots
Click on the time slot you would like for your lesson to begin. Tuesday 8:00 am 8:30 am 9:00 am 9:30 am 10:00 am 10:30 am 11:00 am 11:30 am 12:00 pm 12:30 pm 1:00 pm 1:30 pm 2:00 pm 2:30 pm 3:00 pm 3:30 pm 4:00 pm 4:30 pm Wednesday 8:00 am 8:30 am [...]
Summer Organ Workshop Private Lessons
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Summer Organ Lessons – Time Slots
Lessons are 50 minutes long. Click on the time slot you would like for your lesson to begin. 8:00 am 9:00 am 10:00 am 11:00 am 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 5:00 pm 6:00 pm 9:00 am 10:30 am 11:30 am 12:30 pm 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 5:00 pm 6:00 [...]
Suggested Outline for OT Class 1 and Class 2

CLASS 1 Main objectives: First-Motivate; Second-Experience; Third-Clarify. Pass out Student Information Sheets as they come in, have them supply information, then collect ASAP. Pass out Syllabus, Weekly Preparation Guide, OT Scores. Welcome and BRIEF introductions. Course objectives and prerequisites: Objectives: read from the syllabus. Prerequisite piano experience (make them feel comfortable leaving if they aren’t […]

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Samantha Adair Alexander Bennett Levi Crockett Amber Dahlberg Daniel Davis Bradley Dickson Andrew Fellows Renee Gastelum Taryn Harding David Kime Jacob Meyers Macy Miller Everett Minnick Ethan Morrill Denis Nicholson Marcine Sawyer Benjamin Tischner Bonnie Walker
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Saratoga Springs Organ Workshop Instructors
Dr. Don Cook Dr. Don Cook joined the organ faculty of Brigham Young University in 1991. In that capacity he serves as organ area coordinator, as university carillonneur, and oversees the group organ program. Formerly he held associate organist/choirmaster positions at Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and at First United Methodist Church, Lubbock, Texas. He toured Germany, [...]
Saratoga Springs Organ Workshop
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Saratoga Springs Area Organ Teachers
Alena Hall alenajhall@gmail.com Nora Hess nora.hess@gmail.com Zhenya Jaynes j.tyltina@gmail.com Jennifer Morgan musicalmom@gmail.com organlessons.blogspot.com Madelyn Pace madelynpace@comcast.net 801-636-5610 Sheri Peterson sheri.peterson@gmail.com
Rodgers
(E-225)
E-225 (Rodgers Instruments LLC, installed in 1998) This is a two-manual electronic organ console that is fitted with three ranks of pipework. Both the pipes and speakers are enclosed in a swell box controlled by the left-most expression pedal. The console features pipe organ keyboards that are well suited for the many hours of practice [...]
Rodgers
(C-250)
C-250 Teaching Studio (built by Rodgers Instruments LLC in 2008) This is a four-manual custom organ of 8 ranks and many electronic voices with electric key action and P&S keyboards. It is located in the teaching studio of Don Cook. Its manual and pedal keyboards are AGO standard. The pipework and speakers are located in [...]
Riverton Online Regional Organ Workshop 2020
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Repertoire for Independent Study Organ Courses – Level 6
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Repertoire for Independent Study Organ Courses – Level 5
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Repertoire for Independent Study Organ Courses – Level 4
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Repertoire for Independent Study Organ Courses – Level 3
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Repertoire for Independent Study Organ Courses – Level 2
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Repertoire for Independent Study Organ Courses – Level 1
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Repertoire for BYU Independent Study Organ Courses
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Reno Workshop Area Organ Teachers

Judy Elsmore judyelsmore1@gmail.com Nancy Jones nancysteelejones@gmail.com Savannah Riley sommersski@gmail.com Shanna-Mae Slight shannamae.slight@protonmail.com Jayson Weir weirhere@gmail.com

Reno Area Organ Workshop Instructors
Dr. Neil Harmon Dr. Neil Harmon joined the organ faculty at Brigham Young University in September 2018. Prior to his move to BYU he served as Organist and Director of Music at Grace United Methodist Church in Wilmington, Delaware for 19 years. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from BYU and Masters and Doctoral [...]
Reno Area Organ Workshop
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Private Organ Study

Private Organ Study (Music 160R) is for the non-major organ student who desires more individual time with a member of the organ staff than is possible with Group Organ classes. Weekly 30-minute lessons allow the student more flexibility and personal attention in details of hymn playing, technique, interpretation, registration, etc. An additional fee of $270 […]

Plymouth Organ Workshop
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Pitch and Families of Organ Tone

The numerals (pitch designations) found on stops are explained. The division of speaking stops into Principal, Flute, String, and Reed families is also introduced.

Pitch and Families of Organ Tone
Pipe Organ Study Tour of Germany
Current organ majors have first call on the 20 positions for this tour, then on October 1 we will open the remaining slots to alumni and general public. Led by BYU organ faculty members Don Cook and Neil Harmon, this tour will include nine days in north and central Germany visiting and playing some of [...]
Pedal Technique Videos
Alternate Black Key Glissando Alternating Toes for Legato Sound Black Key Glissando - Left Foot Black Key Glissando - Right Foot Black to White Glissando Crossing Gliding - Left Foot Gliding - Right Foot Pivoting/Crossing Substitution - Black Notes Substitution - Left Over Right Substitution - Right Over Left Alternating Toe/Heel Pivoting Toe/Heel
Pedal Technique
Gliding 1Gliding 2Gliding 3AlternatingToe Heal 1Toe Heal 2Crossing 1Crossing 2Substitution 1Substitution 2Substitution 3Substitution 4Black Key Glissando 1Black Key Glissando 2Alternate Black Key GlissandoBlack to White Glissando
Past Workshops
2019 Phoenix San Jose Reno 2020 Cedar City Highland Saratoga Springs Las Vegas
Pacific Northwest Organ Workshop Instructors
Dr. Don Cook Dr. Don Cook joined the organ faculty of Brigham Young University in 1991. In that capacity he serves as organ area coordinator, as university carillonneur, and oversees the group organ program. Formerly he held associate organist/choirmaster positions at Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and at First United Methodist Church, Lubbock, Texas. He toured Germany, [...]
Pacific Northwest Organ Workshop
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Pacific Northwest Area Organ Teachers
Tacoma AGO Chapter Dennis Northway denden1958@runbox.com I am the Parish Musician at St. John's Episcopal Church in Gig Harbor, Washington.  I am available to teach and the church has a pipe organ.  My cell number is 564 999 8333 and my e mail is above or dennisnorthway@runbox.com. Shari Shull sharishull@comcast.net I serve Agnus Dei Lutheran [...]
P&S Company
(C-180)
C-180 (P&S Tracker organ, 2002) This 2-manual tracker organ of 6-ranks was built by the P & S Company (England). The organ was designed with AGO keyboard and pedal specifications, in a rather large acoustically favorable environment. The setting is ideal for rehearsal with small instrumental and vocal ensembles, as well as individual organ practice. [...]
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ORGAN TYPES AND COMPONENTS

INTRODUCTION The modern pipe organ is a time-honored musical instrument that makes use of mechanical, electrical, electronic, and/or pneumatic (air-driven) components. A BLOWER supplies air through WIND LINES and RESERVOIRS to WIND CHESTS, where air is kept at a certain pressure for use on demand. The wind chests contain valves that open or shut the […]

Organ Training Outlines

Sample LDS Organ Training Outlines (PDF format) Outcomes and general guidelines Three sessions Five sessions using The New LDS Organist Belnap 12-Week Course

Organ Symposium
The goal: to inspire musicians young and old to better serve the Lord through continued organ training. Because this workshop is a one-time event, it will include a thorough explanation of ways to continue organ training, and a challenge to find the way that best meets individual needs as soon as possible. Instructors will include [...]
Organ Study Tour to France

Tour The BYU Organ Department is thrilled to offer a very exciting opportunity to interested students, alumni, and community members with an organ study tour to France, April 27-May 7, 2018. The tour will be led by BYU organ faculty members Don Cook and Brian Mathias, and will include nine days in France visiting and […]

Organ Repertoire for BYU Independent Study Organ Courses
Level 1 Repertoire Level 2 Repertoire Level 3 Repertoire Prelude and Fugue in C Major (BWV 553)Prelude and Fugue in D Minor (BWV 554)Prelude and Fugue in F Major (BWV 556)Prelude and Fugue in G Major (BWV 557)Prelude and Fugue in G Minor (BWV 558) Level 4 Repertoire Prelude and Fugue in G Minor (BWV [...]
Organ Registration

Organ Registration (Music 166) is an excellent follow-up for Music 115 or 116R, as the basics of organ registration are reviewed, then applied in the various areas of organ repertoire and service music. Students who succeed in this course will feel comfortable exploring the resources of virtually any traditional organ of any size. Concurrent enrollment […]

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Organ Lab
(E-354)
ORGAN LAB HARDWARE Organ: Rodgers Trillium 787i Computer: Dell OptiPlex GX620 Small Form Factor MIDI Interface: not currently used nor required Mixer: Radio Shack 32-1213, 4 stereo in, 2 stereo out Sequencer/Sound Module: Rodgers PR-300 Organ Lab (E-354) The heart of non-major organ study at the Brigham Young University School of Music is the Organ [...]
Organ First!
Our Very First Organ Class for Youngsters Ages 8-12 The BYU Organ Department is thrilled to offer a very exciting opportunity for children who are interested in learning to play the organ! Based on the graduate research of former master's student, Nora Hess, and with the assistance of current organ students, the class will teach [...]
Organ Faculty
Don Cook Associate Professor of Organ Studies Neil Harmon Adjunct Faculty
Organ Crawls
Wolf Organ at Bales Recital Hall (University of Kansas, Lawrence), 8 min Richards, Fowkes & Co. Organ at Village Presbyterian Church (Prairie Village, Kansas), 52 min Ruffatti Organ at Barrus Concert Hall (BYU-Idaho, Rexburg), 1 hr 28 min Austin Organ at First United Methodist Church (Leavenworth, Kansas), 8 min
Online Workshops for Multiple Stakes
FOR MULTIPLE STAKES Online Multi-Stake Organ Workshops are designed to offer training to pianists interested in learning to play the organ, and to organists at every level of experience. Normally it consists of a single 4- or 5-hour organ workshop together with a recital and hymn-sing. The workshop is customized to meet the needs of [...]
Online Traveling Organ Workshops
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Online Training Sessions
Monthly Training Sessions First Thursday of the month from 7-9 pm Mountain Time One 2-hour class on a specific topic Class includes live instruction, chat, Q&A, and more! Recording of the class and available for 14 days following the live event Mid-Month Masterclass Third Thursday of the month from 7-9 pm Mountain Time Followup and [...]
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Online Organ Teachers
Dr. Neil Harmon Valerie McDougal, MM Kymberly Payne, MM Sheri Peterson, MM
One or Two Stake Workshops
FOR ONE OR TWO STAKES Online Stake Organ Workshops are also available, usually with a local instructor and a BYU instructor. These are smaller in scale than the Multi-Stake Organ Workshops, with one or two sessions being taught at a time. However, they can be just as effective in achieving the goal: to inspire musicians [...]
On-Campus Students

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Neil Harmon

Division – Keyboard Performance Office – E-208 HFAC Phone – 801-422-3159 Email – neil.harmon@byu.edu   Bio Neil Harmon joined the organ faculty at BYU in Fall 2018. Prior to his appointment at BYU he worked as full-time Director of Music and Organist at Grace United Methodist Church in Wilmington, Delaware for 19 years, where he became known throughout […]

MSB Johannus Schedule
MP3 Player Details

The New LDS Organist   A Guide Through the First Months MP3 PLAYER DETAILS The twelve audio lessons from The New LDS Organist are taken ideally at the organ console with an mp3 player and earphones. They can be downloaded without cost as explained on this link. Those who prefer may purchase an inexpensive mp3 player […]

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The New LDS Organist   A Guide Through the First Months MP3 PLAYER DETAILS The twelve audio lessons from The New LDS Organist are taken ideally at the organ console with an mp3 player and earphones. They can be downloaded without cost as explained on this link. Those who prefer may purchase an inexpensive mp3 […]

Miscellaneous Repertoire Performed by Douglas E. Bush
Miscellaneous Repertoire Performed by Douglas E. Bush Allein Gott in der Höh sei EhrAllein zu dir, Herr Jesu ChristAus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dirChristus, der ist mein LevenEin feste Burg ist unser GottEs ist gewißlich an der Zeit (BWV 755)Es wolle Gott uns gnädig seinFantasia in G MinorFugue in C Major (BuxWV 174)Herzlich tut [...]
Midway Utah Organ Workshop 2020
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Mentor Instructions

THE BYU INDEPENDENT STUDY ORGAN COURSES FOR PERSONAL ENRICHMENT The organ courses for Personal Enrichment in the BYU Independent Study program are non-credit courses designed to provide motivation, direction, and instruction for organists to improve their skills in specific areas: organ technique, organ repertoire, hymn playing, music theory, organ registration, and sight-reading (college-credit versions are […]

Madsen Recital Hall
Madsen Recital Hall Pedal Great Positive Swell 16 Subbass 16 Quintaton 8 Gedeckt 8 Gamba 16 Lieblich Bourdon 8 Principal 4 Nachthorn 8 Gamba Celeste 8 Principal 8 Gemshorn 2 Principal 8 Rohrflute 8 Pommer 4 Octave 1 1/3 Spitzquint 4 Principal 4 Choral Bass 2 Octave III Cymbal 4 Blockflute IV Mixture II Sesquialtera [...]
M.L. Bigelow & Co.
(E-226)
E-226 (built by M.L. Bigelow and Company in 1996) This is a new two-manual tracker organ of seven ranks. In a "tracker" key action such as this, there is a direct mechanical connection between the key and the valve underneath the pipe. It allows the organist greater control over the manner in which the pipe [...]
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Levente Medveczky
A night of exciting organ music, including masterworks of Alexandre Guilmant, Charles Piroye, Olivier Messiaen and Louis Vierne, played by Levente Medveczky, a Candidate for Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance, on the magnificent four-manual tracker organ of the Cathedral of the Madeleine. All are invited!
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LDS Organist Training

LDS ORGAN TRAINING SUGGESTIONS FOR DESIRED OUTCOMES AND METHODS: Dr. Don Cook, Brigham Young University (This is not an official document of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) One of the great musical misunderstandings in church music is this: if you can play the piano, you can play the organ.  This misconception produces […]

Late German Romantic

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Las Vegas Regional Organ Workshop
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Kenneth Jones
(E-208)
E-208 Teaching Studio (built by Kenneth Jones in 1988) This is a three-manual organ of 23 ranks with tracker key action. It is located in the teaching studio of Dr. Neil Harmon. Its manual and pedal keyboards are AGO standard. The organ features an expressive Swell division and multi-level combination action. Pedal Swell Great Choir [...]
Kenneth Coulter
(E-222)
E-222 (built by Kenneth Coulter in 1988) This is a two-manual tracker organ of 9 ranks. Its key action is highly sensitive, making it an excellent practice instrument for precise finger action. The hook-down pedal near the pedal keys to the right is the Great-to-pedal coupler. This instrument is tuned in Werckmeister III, an unequal [...]
Karl Wilhelm
(E-229)
E-229 (built by Karl Wilhelm in 1987) This is a two-manual tracker organ of six ranks. It features a flat pedalboard, similar to those commonly found in Europe. The pipework is enclosed behind cabinet-style shutters that can be set in position by the organist. The manuals are coupled by means of a shove-coupler: grasping the [...]
Johannes Brahms

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Inviting the Spirit
Ideas for Prelude & Postlude – Resources and Registration “Quiet prelude and postlude music creates an atmosphere of worship that invites the Spirit into Church meetings.  The organist or pianist usually plays hymns or other appropriate music for five to ten minutes before or after a meeting.”  —Handbook 2:14.4.3 Manuals Only bit.ly/wardorganistmanuals Transformations: bit.ly/organtransformations Music [...]
Invitation to Organ Instructors

INVITATION TO ORGAN INSTRUCTORS The list of organ instructors includes those who have received a degree or certificate in organ from a recognized institution, or whose experience deems them qualified in the functions described below. Those on this list are interested in being available to students for the following Brigham Young University organ instruction functions: […]

Instruments
Rodgers(C-250)Traveling Organ(C-180)Austin/Schoenstein(E-104)Kenneth Coulter(E-222)M.L. Bigelow & Co.(E-226)Madsen Recital Hall
Individual Training
Mentored Individual Organ Training is designed to help guide individual organists into the type of training that best meets his/her needs. A BYU mentor is assigned to help devise an effective plan of study. This might include finding a private organ instructor in the area, or identifying one of many tutorials or courses that can [...]
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Pipe Organ Study Tour of Germany MORE Organ Study BYU offers organ training from novice through graduate levels, including several independent study organ courses and summer workshops. Follow the links above for more information, or contact Dr. Don Cook for more information. BYU Organ Workshop Keynote Address 2018 Organ First! Our very first organ class [...]
Highland Organ Workshop Instructors
Dr. Neil Harmon Dr. Neil Harmon joined the organ faculty at Brigham Young University in September 2018. Prior to his move to BYU he served as Organist and Director of Music at Grace United Methodist Church in Wilmington, Delaware for 19 years. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from BYU and Masters and Doctoral degrees [...]
Highland Multi-Stake Organ Workshop
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Highland Area Organ Teachers
Alena Hall alenajhall@gmail.com Nora Hess nora.hess@gmail.com Zhenya Jaynes j.tyltina@gmail.com Jennifer Morgan musicalmom@gmail.com organlessons.blogspot.com Madelyn Pace madelynpace@comcast.net 801-636-5610 Sheri Peterson sheri.peterson@gmail.com
Group Organ Study

When you enroll in Group Organ study at Brigham Young University, you become part of an innovative and highly successful program. Since the installation of the Group Organ studio in 1988, over 2000 pianists, anticipating an eventual opportunity to serve the church as an organist, have learned the basics of organ playing through these courses. […]

French Baroque

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For LDS Church Leaders

The New LDS Organist A Guide Through the First Months Dear LDS Church Leader: The New LDS Organist is a free course designed to help LDS pianists adapt their skills to the organ as soon as possible. It can be helpful for pianists who must begin serving as an organist in only a few weeks, […]

Finding an Organ Teacher – old

Finding an Organ Teacher Following is a list of reputable organ instructors who have expressed interest in being available to students for the Brigham Young University organ instruction functions listed below: Serve as an evaluator for played assignments in BYU Independent Study organ courses Teach Independent Study organ students on an as-needed basis (Organ instructors […]

Finding an Organ Teacher
Following is a list of reputable organ instructors who have expressed interest in being available to students for the Brigham Young University organ instruction functions listed below: Serve as an evaluator for played assignments in BYU Independent Study organ courses Teach Independent Study organ students on an as-needed basis * = indicates an instructor who [...]
Early Music

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Douglas E. Bush Library

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Douglas E. Bush
Biography Douglas "Doug" E. Bush (1947-2013) was a renowned concert organist, musical scholar, and teacher . . . Library A collection of notes and annotated scores of Douglas E. Bush, former professor in the School of Music at Brigham Young University. Thanks to Don Cook, Krissa Hendricks, Shawn Mikkelson and BYU’s Office of Research and Creative [...]
Don Cook

Division – Keyboard Performance Office – C-250 HFAC Phone –  801-422-3260 Email –  don_cook@byu.edu     Bio Don Cook joined the organ faculty of Brigham Young University in 1991. In that capacity he serves as organ area coordinator, as university carillonneur, and oversees the group organ program. Formerly he held associate organist/choirmaster positions at Christ Church Cranbrook, […]

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Organ Performance Bachelor of Music (B.M.) with a Dual Emphasis in Piano and Organ Master of Music (M.M.) in Organ Performance “Those who complete the requirements for the performance and pedagogy degree are prepared for professional work as a performer, a studio teacher, or a combination of both. Some will […]

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Continuing Your Organ Training
Chorus Registration

Basic and effective hymn registration is introduced.

Chorus Registration
Cedar City Organ Workshop Instructors
Dr. Don Cook Dr. Don Cook joined the organ faculty of Brigham Young University in 1991. In that capacity he serves as organ area coordinator, as university carillonneur, and oversees the group organ program. Formerly he held associate organist/choirmaster positions at Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and at First United Methodist Church, Lubbock, Texas. He [...]
Cedar City Organ Workshop 2020
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Casavant
(E-106)
E-106 (built by Casavant in 2006) This is a two-manual organ of 6 ranks, electric key action, with all pipework located behind swell shutters. It features standard AGO specifications in the key dimensions and in the configuration of the pedal. A MIDI interface is included. Pedal Swell Couplers Great 16 Bourdon 16 Bourdon Great to [...]
Carol Dean Resources – Level 6
Level 6 Organ Technique Organ Repertoire Hymn Playing Abide With Me! Abide With Me! - alto/soprano switch Abide With Me! - tenor/soprano switch Recordings
Carol Dean Resources – Level 5
Level 5 Organ Technique Organ Repertoire Hymn Playing Oh, May My Soul Commune with Thee - manuals only Oh, May My Soul Commune with Thee - alto/soprano switch Oh, May My Soul Commune with Thee - tenor/soprano switch Recordings
Carol Dean Resources – Level 4
Level 4 Organ Technique Organ Repertoire In Thee, Lord, have I hoped The Son of God is come Hymn Playing Abide With Me! Abide With Me! - manuals only Recordings
Carol Dean Resources – Level 3
Level 3 Organ Technique Manual Technique Pedal Technique Organ Repertoire Christe du Lamm Gottes (BWV 619) Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele "Ich ruf zu dir" (BWV 639) Meditation Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland "O Gott, du frommer Gott" Sonata IV, op. 65: Andante Hymn Playing Recordings
Carol Dean Resources – Level 2
Level 2 Organ Technique Organ Repertoire Repertoire Outline Organ Repertoire - portrait Organ Repertoire - landscape Hymn Playing Recordings
Carol Dean Resources – Level 1
Level 1 Organ Technique OrganTutor Keeler Organ Repertoire Abide with us, O Lord Jesus Christ Moderato con moto Verset Hymn Playing Recordings
Carol Dean Library
Instructional Resources Canzon Common Stop Names Listed by Pipe Category and Family of Organ Tone Common Tone Rules Early Music Resources Fantasia Chromatica Hymn Registration Key to Hymn Markings Maria Zart Most Commonly Found Free Accompaniments Music Theory Quick Facts Sheet Non-legato Style Organ Shoes Pedal Technique Preludes and Postludes of Douglas E. Bush Recercar [...]
Carol Dean
Library Hymnbook Carol Deanne Peine Dean (1947-2018) was an avid teacher and student of the organ for over 30 years. She played her first solo organ recital at age 40 and, at age 51, received a Master of Music in Organ Performance and Pedagogy from Brigham Young University. In 1986, she and her husband, Dana, [...]
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The organ performance degree provides training in both performance and in teaching. The degree holder is qualified to offer private organ instruction–a service demanded in every community. The degree offers assurance to prospective students that the teacher has gained sufficient knowledge and experience in organ to provide quality instruction. The organ performance degree holder has […]

BYU Traveling Organ Workshops
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BYU Programs for Off-Campus Organists
BYU INDEPENDENT STUDY ORGAN COURSES ("Organ Certification") (Offered by BYU Independent Study) Brigham Young University Independent Study offers a variety of organ courses designed to provide motivation and instruction for organists to improve their skills by working toward specific goals. Traditional instruction is offered through books and computer lessons, while performance instruction is coordinated with [...]
BYU Organ Workshop Online – Private Lessons
All lessons will be 50 minutes long at a rate of $60/lesson. If you would like to schedule your lesson based on a time slot, click the "Any available" tab below. If you would like to schedule a lesson with a specific instructor, click the name of the instructor of your choice and select from [...]
BYU Organ Workshop Keynote Addresses
Keynote Addresses 2006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018 2006 What Brings Us Together? Dale E. Monson Director, BYU School of Music August 8, 2006 When my daughter Laura was about three years old, she was engrossed at my side one day, watching me at the piano. On a lark, just to see what she would say, I asked, “Laura, I [...]
BYU Organ Workshop – Youth
Welcome to the BYU Organ Workshop from Dr. Don Cook Organ Workshop Schedule and Description PDF Handout Booklet Organ Crawls Youth Classes TuesdayWednesdayThursday Tuesday 8:00 am 9:00 am 10:30 am 11:30 am 1:30 pm 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 7:30 pm View Instructors Recital Wednesday 8:00 am 9:00 am 10:30 am 11:30 am 1:30 pm 3:00 [...]
BYU Organ Workshop
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BYU Organ Online Training Sessions
We are excited to present to you the BYU Organ Online Training Sessions - a monthly offering of nine different topics of interest to early-level church organists, including those serving in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All events are free of charge and available to pianists and organists in any location! Each [...]
BYU Organ Online Symposium
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BYU Online Organ Workshops – Survey
Basic Pedal Technique
Austin/Schoenstein
(E-104)
E-104 (Austin, rebuilt by Schoenstein in 1988) This is a three-manual organ of 10 ranks with electro-pneumatic key action. Through generous in unification and duplexing, these relatively few ranks are spread across three manuals. Students practicing organ works that require three manuals, a complete combination action, and AGO standard console specifications find this instrument particularly [...]
AGO Volunteer Membership
Your 6-month Welcome Membership is free, after which you may choose to join the guild for half the usual dues rate of $105 - that's $52.50 per year. Your membership privileges will be the same as Regular Members, except that the monthly magazine will be available to you online only.
Admissions and Scholarship
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2021 BYU Organ Workshop Online
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2020 Pocatello/Chubbuck Organ Workshop
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2020 BYU Organ Workshop Online – Private Lessons
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2019 Mount Vernon Area Organ Workshop
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Dr. Neil Harmon Dr. Neil Harmon joined the organ faculty at Brigham Young University in September 2018. Prior to his move to BYU he served as Organist and Director of Music at Grace United Methodist Church in Wilmington, Delaware for 19 years. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from BYU and Masters and Doctoral degrees [...]
Dr. Neil Harmon Dr. Neil Harmon joined the organ faculty at Brigham Young University in September 2018. Prior to his move to BYU he served as Organist and Director of Music at Grace United Methodist Church in Wilmington, Delaware for 19 years. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from BYU and Masters and Doctoral degrees [...]
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