Utah Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
Newsletter • May 2020

Engage, Support, and Uplift Every Organist
Dean's Message 
Lori Serr

I hope all of you are continuing to stay safe and well during this uncertain time! Recent emails from the AGO headquarters have expressed concern for your health, safety, and overall well-being. A new page on their website has been created as a response to organists who are without work due to the pandemic. It also includes online education resources. They have also been providing opportunities for members to stay as connected as possible during this time with information sent about free online organ workshops, including topics on pedaling and improv skills, and a “Master Series” featuring a well-known organist. Also, the national AGO member engagement committee has been offering suggestions for chapters to hold virtual meetings, which could be a useful tool as we continue to move forward with future chapter events.

My time serving as the dean of the UVAGO is soon coming to a close. I’m amazed at how quickly the time has gone! It seems like we just met as a board and began discussing goals and ideas for upcoming chapter activities. I have so enjoyed working with a capable and talented board, as we have organized and implemented many informative and uplifting chapter activities for the past couple of years. As a board, we have appreciated your support and attendance at these events. I look forward to continued associations with all of you as we offer our support to the new chapter officers! In the meantime, we welcome any of you who would like to serve on the board to contact us. The new officers will be announced in the next newsletter, and they will take office on July 1, 2020, for the next two years.

Please stay safe as you continue to adapt to social distancing guidelines and find ways to be engaged and stay connected!
2020 BYU Organ Workshop  
This Year's Workshop Will Be Online!
No lines. No travel expenses. No crowded classrooms. Instead, participate from the comfort of your high-speed-internet-enabled locations. The workshop will take place August 4-6, 2020 (Tuesday through Thursday). Here are some of the highlights:
  • Over 80 classes and events (click here to see the schedule)
  • Easily connect by clicking links we will provide
  • Use your laptop, desktop, or notebook computers, or smartphone (video and audio enabled)
  • Tracks of classes at Beginning Organ, Experienced Organ, and Advanced levels
  • A special Youth Track (age 12-18)
  • Virtual Organ Crawls
  • An Instructors Recital
  • A “Hymn Play” by workshop instructors
  • Three to six levels of instruction on these topics:
    • Music Theory 
    • Organ Technique and Repertoire
    • Organ Registration
    • Hymn Playing 
  • Interactive Question/Answer sessions
  • Classes on other interesting organ-related topics
  • Classes in live/interactive and pre-recorded formats, as best suits the topic
  • One free “Supervised Practice” session. Submit a five-minute “Practice” and receive comments via
  • Schedule online private lessons (for adults only) with your choice of workshop instructors (available Mon. through Fri., August 3-7, $60 per 50-minute lesson)
Those who register for the Organ Workshop Online ($100 per person) will have exclusive access to all events during the workshop. 
Click Here to Register!
Or register by phone at 877-221-6716 weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. mountain time, excluding holidays.
NOTE: In order to participate in this ONLINE Organ Workshop (August 4-6, 2020), you will need to register by clicking the link above and paying the $100 tuition fee. Those participants previously registered for the IN-PERSON Organ Workshop, which is now canceled, will receive an automatic refund of their In-Person Organ Workshop registration fees on or before May 15, 2020. Refunds will be processed on the card used when registration fees were paid. If the account used at registration is closed, the participant should contact their financial institution after May 15. If the refund is rejected by the financial institution, the participant will receive a refund check mailed to the address associated with their registration. Contact if you have questions.
James Welch Announces New Publication 
Dale Wood: The Man and the Music 

This new book chronicles the colorful life of the prolific composer and arranger Dale Wood. Essentially self-taught, Wood did radio and TV work in Hollywood, played the Wurlitzer at the Orpheum in Los Angeles, was director of music for churches in Hollywood, Riverside, and San Francisco, conducted choral workshops across the country, and finally settled at The Sea Ranch on the rugged northern California coast. There he created incomparable organ and choral music, nearly all of which remains in print, widely used, and beloved.
Wood’s was an intriguing life, full of personalities and adventures. The reclusive arranger of hymns and folk tunes described himself as a hermit, yet served in the military, drove fast cars, explored wilderness from Death Valley to the High Sierra, entertained aboard cruise lines, served as a volunteer firefighter, performed in bars, sold organs, rescued German shepherds, wrote a music drama for the exclusive Bohemian Club, and experienced an unusual variety of personal relationships.
Discover the man behind the music through his biography, now available in print and Kindle at and on Amazon.

Editors Note: Dale Wood's organ music has been heard on Music and the Spoken Word broadcasts and the live afternoon organ recitals on Temple Square for many years.
Limited-Time Offer From Johannus Organs

Here's an offer from Johannus to get a two-manual or three-manual Studio model in your home at a greatly reduced price. The offer ends May 31.

Contact Tyler Anderson at Anderson Organ Works for details!

Tyler Anderson
Anderson Organ Works 

1057 West 130 South #130
Logan, UT  84321 

o: 800 631 8935
m: 435 881 6235
Wicks 5-Rank Available

With the recent passing of Suzanne Crowther, her husband Ted will be putting the house up for sale. With the house comes the Wicks 5-rank that was housed in E-229 of the Harris Fine Arts Center years ago as a practice organ. David Chamberlin remarks that this organ was his favorite of the four in the E-wing back in the day.

The organ fits into an 8-foot ceiling. If you are interested in the 5-bedroom, fully finished basement home at 3270 Apache Lane in Provo with the organ or just the organ alone, please contact Ted Crowther on his cell phone at 801-809-0434. He will be happy to answer your questions.
Stop List
5-Rank Wicks
Subbass 16
Copula 8
Gemshorn 8
Choral Bass 4
Man I to Ped
Man II to Ped

Copula 8
Rohr Flute 4
Spitz Quint 2-2/3
Principal 2
Gemshorn 1

Principal 8
Rohr Flute 8
Gemshorn 8
Principal 4
Copula 2
Man II to Man I

Swell Box

4 Preset Buttons

Monthly Newsletter

May 2020

Socially distanced, but very much engaged through our social media! Keep reading and find out what we have in store for you this month.
26th Season Replay
Have you missed a recital last season? Are you looking for some great performances to listen in the comfort of your own house? Every week we are uploading on YouTube two recordings from the past season of the Eccles Organ Festival.
Click Here, Subscribe and Enjoy!
This Month's Selection
May 2
Samuel Barber, Adagio Op. 11
performed by Daniel Brondel

Calvin Hampton, Everyone Dance
performed by Benjamin Sheen
May 9
Charles-Marie Widor
Symphonie Romane, Op. 73 N. 10
I. Moderato
II. Choral
performed by Michel Bouvard
May 16
Gaston Litaize, Lied
performed by Johann Vexo

Francis Poulenc, Rondeau
for Horn, Trumpet and Trombone
performed by Utah Symphony Brass 
May 23
Charles-Marie Widor
Symphonie Romane, Op. 73 N. 10
III. Cantilène
IV. Final
performed by Michel Bouvard
May 30
Dietrich Buxtehude,
Preludium in G minor BuxWV 149
performed by Neil Harmon

Jean Langlais
Hommage à Frescobaldi
performed by Daniel Brondel
Have you missed last month's selection?
Click here
for a complete list of available videos. 
Moments of Prayer and Organ Music
A series of short videos, presented by Cathedral of the Madeleine Organist Gabriele Terrone. Set aside a few minutes every week and enjoy meaningful content combining Organ Music, Prayer and Visual Arts. 
Previous Moments include...
Jean-François Dandrieu, O Filii et Filiae
Marcel Dupré, Résurrection from Symphonie-Passion
Olivier Messiaen, Le Banquet Céleste
Click Here for the Complete Playlist!
Did You Miss It?

The chapter's Bach Birthday Recital, previously scheduled for March 20, 2020, was moved online. Listen to the performances on
Bach Recital
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