Welcome to the website for the Utah Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. We hope the information on this site will be helpful to you.
Our chapter is committed to helping all organists—beginners to advanced—by offering workshops, lectures, recitals, and other activities to help improve their organ skills. Anyone who is interested in the organ, even if you’re not an organist, is invited to come learn with us.
To help facilitate this learning, we have a unique opportunity to have the support and help of the Brigham Young University organ faculty, who willingly give their time and expertise to help us train and educate organists.
At our chapter meetings, we offer help on a basic level from learning to play hymns to learning about the most difficult works from famous composers, as well as other interesting topics.
AGO offers various certification levels to help facilitate and encourage learning and skill development. PDF forms outlining the requirements for certification can be downloaded from the National Headquarters site here.
Brigham Young University also offers a wonderful organ certification program that is well worth your time and effort to complete. Information about their certification program, as well as the annual organ workshop, and other information can be found here.
We encourage anyone who is interested to become a member and join our chapter. Being part of AGO is a life-enriching experience.
Click here for a membership form!
History of the Utah Valley Chapter
Compiled by Dr. Douglas E. Bush, 1986-1987
In the fall of 1979, a group of organists gathered at the home of Ephraim and Verena Hatch in Provo for the purposes of forming a local chapter of AGO. The chapter was named the Utah Valley Chapter, officers were selected with Gerald Dick as the new dean and a petition was then sent to National Headquarters for official chartering of the chapter. The charter was issued October 9, 1979; it was signed by Roberta Bitgood, National President of AGO.
Charter members included:
Dr. Parley L. Belnap, Michael C. Bigelow, Heidi Brown, Janice Burton, Dr. Douglas E. Bush, Robin Cardon, Don Cook, C. Gerald Dick, Gladys Farmer, Verena Hatch, Lillian Heil, J.J. Keeler, Erla Knudson, Lawrence E. Weidmann, Steven Wright, Zara Tonks
1979—1980: Collin Gerald Dick
1980—1981: Michael L. Bigelow
1981—1982: Don Cook
1982—1984: Dr. Douglas E. Bush
1984—1986: Joan Stevens
1986—1987: Dr. Brett Zumsteg
1987— 1990: Scott Mills
1990— 1992: Thomas K. Hinckley
1992— 1994: Carol Dean
1994— 1996: Lella Pomeroy
1996— 1998: Larry Tomkinson
1998— 2000: LuJean Moss
2000— 2002: Dr. Parley L. Belnap
2002— 2004: Cynthia Wells
2004—2006: David Chamberlin
2006—2008: Nancy Christensen
2008—2010: Mike Carson
2010—2012: Florence Hawkinson
2012—2014: Sheri Peterson
Above, Dr. Don Cook instructs workshop participants on hymn playing skills in the BYU Organ Lab.