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April 26 (Saturday) – Super Saturday, Harris Fine Arts Bldg., BYU, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm




Please Join Us - On Saturday, April 26, our chapter will host our annual Super Saturday held in the Harris Fine Arts Building at BYU. Check-in begins at 8:00 am.


Tabernacle organist Bonnie Goodliffe will give the keynote address at 8:30 am. Workshops start at 9:15, and will conclude with a hymn sing.


--Click here to see the workshop schedule.


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May16 (Friday) – Chapter Hymn Sing, Sharon Stake Center, 550 S. 800 E., Orem, 7:00 pm.


The Utah Valley chapter of the American Guild of Organists will host a hymn sing entitled "The Power of the Hymns of Zion" on Friday, May 16 at 7 PM at the Sharon Stake Center (550 South 800 East, Orem). A dozen different organists will play the newly-renovated 17-rank Wicks organ, employing creative and inspiring accompaniment techniques in order to help us all feel the beauty and power of hymn singing. Please lend your voice, too!



April 12 (Saturday) - SLCAGO Activity, Dr. John Longhurst will lecture on Joseph Ridges and the original Tabernacle organ Tabernacle, Temple Square, 10:30 am
April 18-19 (Friday – Saturday) - SLCA and BYU Early Music Ensemble, “Music for Holy Week:  J. S. Bach St. John Passion,” Waterford School Concert Hall, 7:30 pm


May 23 (Friday) - Hans Uwe Hielscher (organist and carilloneur at Marktkirche in Wiesbaden, Germany), Recital, Tabernacle, Temple Square, 7:30 pm


September 5 (Friday) -  Gabriel Dessauer (cantor and organist at St. Bonifatius in Wiesbaden, Germany; organ faculty at the Musikhochschule Rheinland-Pfalz), Recital, Tabernacle, Temple Square, 7:30 pm



AGO National Convention

Boston, June 23-27, 2014


The National Convention offers:


·         Fifty concerts by thirty-seven performers, featuring internationally acclaimed musicians, Boston’s rich choral heritage, many new instruments, and our famous landmark organs.


·         Eight finely crafted worship services in a wide variety of styles, featuring music from Renaissance polyphony to Duke Ellington;


·         Ninety workshops and master classes on a vast array of topics;


·         Fifty-two scholarly research papers;


·          Fourteen commissioned works;


·         Ten reading sessions of choral and organ music;


·         More than one hundred exhibitors;


·         Two national competitions and opportunities to hear previous competition winners;


·         An opportunity to explore one of this nation’s greatest cities.


To register, click here. 


AGO Pipe Organ Encounters


The traditional Pipe Organ Encounter:


·         Is a 4-5 day event organized by a local AGO chapter under the sponsorship of the national organization. It introduces participants to the world of the pipe organ.


·         Is a national program sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.  Students are admitted to POEs on a first-come, first-served basis, regardless of attendance at prior POEs, and regardless of state or country of residence, as long as they meet the following eligibility guidelines: Students should be aged 13-18, be interested in the pipe organ, and have piano or organ proficiency ranging from early intermediate to advanced.


·         Provides an opportunity for students to have individual and group instruction in the basic rudiments of pipe organ technique and service playing.


·         Provides a general overview of organ literature, history, pipe organ construction and design, improvisation and other related topics.


·         Provides an opportunity for participation in ecumenical worship, so as to experience the role of the sacred musician.


·         Most of all, provides a unique opportunity for participants to meet and interact with peers who have similar interests.


For information about the POE at Colorado State University on June 8-13, 2014, click here.  


2014 Schoenstein Competition in Hymn Playing


To promote the value of excellence in hymn playing, the 2014 Schoenstein Competition in Hymn Playing has just been announced to coincide with the release by MorningStar Music Publishers of the book Hymn Playing: A Modern Colloquium by Stuart Forster.


Organists born on or after March 20, 1981, are invited to apply. The application should include live recordings of the applicant playing hymns with a congregation singing, and must be received by

March 20, 2014. The final round will be held at Christ Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, 2014, the day before the National Convention begins in Boston for the American Guild of Organists. The public is invited to sing in the congregation during the final round. Finalists will play the 2006 III/43 Schoenstein organ at Christ Church, Cambridge, MA. First

prize will be $3000 and second prize will be $1000. For instructions and application, see http://www.hymnplayingcompetition.org.



Job Opportunity: Assistant or Associate Professor of Organ


The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance’s Department of Organ is accepting applications for a faculty position available in September 2014. Rank is tenure track assistant or associate professor, commensurate with education and experience. Duties include providing studio instruction in organ performance to undergraduate, masters-level, and doctoral students, teaching classes in organ literature, and recruiting outstanding students.


Other teaching duties may include church music, improvisation, and conducting. In addition, the successful candidate is expected to maintain national and international visibility as a performer, teacher, and clinician, while meeting faculty service responsibilities at the School. Requirements include a record as an artist and teacher, or (for assistant professors) promise of same; a thorough knowledge of

organ repertoire and its history, and of improvisation pedagogy.


Expertise in church music is strongly desirable, as well as potential to thrive in a cross disciplinary environment. Doctorate preferred, M.M. or equivalent experience required. Applications should be received by February 1, 2014 to ensure full consideration. For more information, contact David Chamberlin or Sheri Peterson.



Douglas E. Bush Memorial Recital


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The chapter will hold a member recital in October to honor our dear friend and colleague, Douglas E. Bush, who passed away on October 4, 2013. Doug had a significant and lasting influence in the lives of many of our chapter members. We wish to honor him and celebrate his life and music.


The memorial recital will feature pieces from the repertoire of Doug’s wonderful hymn arrangements and other organ works that members know Doug loved. These could also be pieces you studied with Doug and, because of that, hold a special place in your heart. We will announce a date and place for the recital in the chapter’s May newsletter and begin taking requests to play at that time. We will also ask for written remembrances and anecdotes from your personal experiences with Doug, which will be published in the

printed program and on the chapter’s website for longer articles. These remembrances may be submitted both by those performing and not performing. We look forward to this special evening.



--To share a memory or leave condolences to his family, click here.

--To read his obituary, click here.




Thanks to Mike Carson for alerting us at Facebook to the fact that “Doug Bush and Gerald Dick's HYMN HARMONIZATIONS for organ is available on the Jackman Music site as a PDF download. The book was out of print for quite some time.”  Click here to order the $8.95 download.


Music videos with Doug Bush and members of AGO


Click here to see a video recorded of the stake Christmas choir Doug Bush directed on December 11, 1994.


Click here for a video recorded December 23, 1993 of the Community Christmas Choir in the Provo Tabernacle with Mack Wilberg directing and Doug Bush playing the organ.





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(See recent photos from the Bach Birthday recital)



 “Richard Purvis, Organist of Grace”

by James Welch




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Website last updated March 2, 2014


Contact DeeAnn Stone, website editor at dstone@uvago.org, if you have something you would like to have included on the website, i.e. recitals, lectures, musical items for sale, helpful hints, quotes, links to other music-related websites, etc.