Utah Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
Newsletter • January 2023

Engage, Support, and Uplift Every Organist!
In this issue:
  • Sub-Dean's Message
  • Upcoming Activities
  • Welcome, Congratulations, and Thanks
  • BYU Online Organ Workshops
  • Eccles Organ Festival 
  • Piping Up! Online Organ Concerts at Temple Square
  • We Value Your Membership
Sub-Dean's Message

I hope you have all enjoyed your Christmas season. Music is an integral part of my Christmas celebration, with Christmas music of all varieties being played in my house. On Christmas Eve I was able to play the organ and piano at a small Episcopal Church in Provo for their Candlelight Service. The service began with a congregational hymn-sing, joining voices to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. To be able to lead and accompany these hymns with a group of eager congregants was a highlight of my holiday. It was a time where I was keenly aware that as a musician I play an important part in helping others worship God. It was an honor to be involved in that beautiful service and I am grateful. 

The UVAGO Organ Crawl, Jan 16, 2023 is quickly approaching. Please carefully read the following details. Priority will be given to chapter members and individuals who did not play the Tabernacle organ last January. 

  • Our chapter has the opportunity to play the Tabernacle organ on Jan 16, 2023 at 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Prior to that event, there will be a guest organist recital which begins at noon, which you may attend. If you attend the noon recital, please exit the Tabernacle after the recital and meet at #1 door near the West end of the Tabernacle where we will enter the building at 12:45 p.m. 

  • For those not attending the recital, please meet at 12:45 pm at door #1, near the West end of the Tabernacle and enter with the chapter. We need to leave as a group when we are finished at 3:00. By adhering to these instructions, we can continue to make it possible for our group and others like ours to enjoy time playing on this magnificent instrument. 

  • If you have a conflict where you absolutely cannot arrive at 1:00 p.m. or if you must leave before 3:00 p.m, please contact Marcine Sawyer via text at 801-854-8032 and we will see if we can make an exception. 

  • Please stay near the organ during our two-hour event and don’t wander around the building. Wandering creates concerns for temple square security.

  • IMPORTANT TEMPLE SQUARE POLICY: You are welcome to have pictures taken of yourself at the organ if you wish to do so. Videos are also allowed, but are for personal use only, and may not be shared online, posted to social media sites, or distributed to others. The church takes this restriction quite seriously, so please help us continue to offer open console opportunities by complying with this policy.

  • While no dress code has been specified, please dress in neat and tidy clothing. 

  • There will be someone familiar with the console to help register your piece.

Please use the link below to sign up to play at the Tabernacle.

Spread the word to young musicians about Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza next month. See the flyer below for details and a link to RSVP.

Looking forward to seeing all of you soon,
Marcine Sawyer

Play the Tabernacle Organ
Upcoming events

Tabernacle Organ Crawl, January 16, 2023, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

  • Arrive at 12:40 at #1 near West end of Tabernacle
  • Enter building at 12:45 p.m. as a group
  • Leave building at 3:00 p.m. as a group
  • Sign up to play the Tabernacle organ by clicking the button at the end of the Sub-Dean's message.

RSVP required! Please respond by February 18th 

  • Piano and organ students are invited to attend the annual Pedals, Pipes and Pizza event at the Provo Central Stake Center from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on February 25. 

  • This event is designed to introduce youth and children to the pipe organ and in a relaxed and safe environment and give them a close-up look at how this instrument works. Our pipe organ guide will be David Chamberlain from Bigelow Organs. 

  • If students have any music they would like to try on the organ, they are encouraged to bring sheet music with them.

  • Following the demonstration, pizza will be served

Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza RSVP
  • Welcome new chapter member, Linda L. Christensen!
  • Congratulations to Debbie Faires for passing her AGO Service Playing Exam!
  • Many thanks to Neil Harmon for inviting the chapter to his Christmas Eve Recital! 

BYU Organ Online Training Sessions

The BYU Organ Online Training Sessions for Entry-level Organists have been scheduled for the coming season. These webinars are free of charge and available to pianists and organists in any location! 

The presentations will offer a pre-recorded video from 7:00-8:00 pm Mountain Time, with interactive chat with the instructor during the video, followed by a live Question & Answer session until 8:30 pm Mountain Time. Recordings of each class will be available to view for one month following the live presentation.

Additional sessions for Beyond the Basics topics and Individual Feedback will be scheduled soon. We hope to see you at many, if not all training sessions!

Solo and Accompaniment Registration
Instructor: Dr. Neil Harmon
January 5, 2023
7:00-8:30 pm MT

This session will explore various types of solo stops and combinations, along with ways to create balanced accompaniment combinations.

Register for BYU Online Training Session

Sunday 8 January 2023 at 8:00 PM

Scott Dettra
Praised as a “brilliant organist” (Dallas Morning News), an “outstanding musician” (The Diapason), and described as a “prodigy” by The New York Times at age 13, Scott Dettra is acclaimed as one of America’s leading concert organists.

All events are held at the Cathedral of the Madeleine and live-streamed on our YouTube channel. Performances are offered free of charge. Donations are welcome.
The 28th Season Replay! Did you miss a performance or want to enjoy it again? Click the Eccles Festival button below to watch on YouTube.
Eccles Festival

The five accomplished Tabernacle and Temple Square organists, Richard Elliott, Andrew Unsworth, Brian Mathias, Linda Margetts, and Joseph Peeples, plus occasional guest organists, are featured in this online concert stream: 

We Value Your Membership

The chapter appreciates your continued support of its mission to "engage, support, and uplift every organist." If you already have a membership, you may receive an email reminder when it is time to renew it. Your contributions enhance the chapter's ability to sponsor monthly organ events each year. Please reflect on how your associations in the guild have supported and uplifted you, and consider joining or renewing today!. 
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