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 from The Eastman School of Music. A widely published composer, Dr. Harmon is known throughout the country for his creative and accessible handbell, choral, and organ compositions.
Jane Dye holds a Master’s of Music degree in organ performance from Brigham Young University School of Music. She has recently performed concerts in Europe and the western United States. Her musical performances have been aired on radio, television, and international film. Her post-graduate extensive studies and lessons abroad have been with world-renown organists throughout Europe on historic organs, to gain greater understanding of stylistic differences. As adjunct faculty, Jane directed the organ department studies at Dixie State University for three years. She’s a private/group instructor of organ, adjudicator, chief Music Editor for International Daughters of Utah Pioneers, published arranger of Hymn Additions, co-developer of The New LDS Organist online at ChurchofJesusChrist.org, Office Manager for her husband’s chiropractic clinic, and a local performer for the American Guild of Organists, Choral Artists of Southern Nevada and her Flute/Organ Duo of eighteen years. Jane is currently a Stake/Ward organist/pianist, and works part-time as organist/choir accompanist for a Presbyterian church. Jane has been married forty-two years and is a mother of four, grandmother of eight, and great-grandmother of two.
Laurie Swain graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a master’s degree in organ performance studying with Dr. Paul Hesselink and a bachelor’s degree in organ performance studying with Ethelyn Peterson. She graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She currently is a certified piano and organ teacher through the Music Teachers National Association. Her piano teachers have included Carol Stivers, Roger Bushell, and N. Jane Tan. Laurie is currently serving as the Las Vegas Music Teachers Association State Certification Chairman and the National Federation of Music Clubs Las Vegas Festivals Chairman.
She has taught piano and organ for many years and loves teaching students of all ages. She has conducted frequent music pedagogy workshops for both piano and organ in various settings including festivals, conventions and church music seminars. Laurie is currently working on a new organ series for the young organist.
She feels her greatest accomplishment is having a terrific husband, five beautiful children and six grandchildren. Her musical expertise has grown with each of her children, who have pursued advanced music degrees and have been recognized in music competitions on various instruments at the local, state, regional and national levels. She has also learned much about teaching and development from her second child, age 34, who is profoundly mentally delayed with cerebral palsy.