Utah Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
Newsletter • September 2022

Engage, Support, and Uplift Every Organist!
In this issue:
  • Dean's Message
  • RSVP by tomorrow for the Opening Social Dinner (Sept 23)
  • Upcoming Activities
  • BYU organs for sale
  • Utah Valley Pipe Organs website
  • 2023 AGO Certification Exams
  • Eccles Organ Festival 
  • Classical 89 Organ Fest
  • Tabernacle Organ Virtuoso Performance Series
  • Piping Up! Online organ concerts at Temple Square
  • BYU Organ Workshop - Mapleton
  • We value your membership

Introducing Dean Harold Stuart

I started piano at age five and organ at age 15. I fell in love with the organ at age 12 in my grandparents’ living room, listening to recordings of E. Power Biggs and Alexander Schreiner playing amazing pieces on great instruments. Little did I know that I would go on to play many of the same pieces that inspired me then.
I lived in Cache Valley as a young man and took lessons from Lynn Thomas, who would become a significant mentor for me. My teachers since then have included Liz Forsyth and Neil Harmon. Each of these people have inspired and motivated me, and I’m grateful for my association with them.
I am blessed to be a servant of this great chapter. I also serve at the national level of the Guild and have heard leaders there praise this chapter for its high level of involvement.  As your dean, I hope to continue our chapter’s tradition of service and education, with an active and vigorous program.
The organ is a great gift that has been given to us through over two thousand years of history. I hope that we will pass that gift forward to the next generation, inspiring and encouraging them much like Biggs and Schreiner did me, to serve others through the King of Instruments.
Harold Stuart, CAGO
Upcoming events
You’re invited to the 2022 UVAGO Opening Social!

Friday, September 23, 6:30 p.m. 
1035 S 800 E, Orem (Latter-day Saint meetinghouse)

RSVP by Friday, September 2nd (see button below)

Dinner catered by Marvellous Catering.  Dinner is free to current UVAGO members. Dinner for non-AGO members will be $10.00 payable in cash at the door. To join the UVAGO, please fill out this form. For questions concerning membership, please call David Chamberlain at 801-376-1399.

  • Pulled roasted pork with BBQ and coleslaw
  • Dutch oven potatoes
  • Spinach Salad
  • Corn bread
  • Lemon cake

Program at 7:00 pm

  • New officer installation
  • German Organ Tour Highlights
RSVP for the Opening Social
Save the Date
October: Chapter Informal, TBA
November: César Franck's 200th Anniversary Activity with Sherri Peterson, 7 pm, LDS Multi-Stake Building, 350 N 900 E, Provo
December: Christmas Eve Recital by Dr. Neil Harmon, 8 pm, Provo Central Stake Center, 1220 W 500 N, Provo
BYU Surplus Organs for Sale

BYU’s School of Music will move into their beautiful new facility as soon as it’s ready! In addition to saying goodbye to the building we’ve called home for decades; we need to say goodbye to some of our organs.

TWO of the organs that will NOT making the move are:
1) The Madsen Recital Hall’s Walcker Pipe Organ
2) The Rodgers, Model 835-B organ that currently resides in the ORGAN PRACTICE ROOM, located on the 2nd floor of the HFAC, room # E225.

Click the button below for prices, organ details, and BYU contact information.
BYU Surplus Organs for Sale
Utah Valley Pipe Organs Identified

One of the goals of the Utah Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is to help all organists, including those who aren’t members of the Guild, increase their abilities to serve in the churches where they play. While most chapels have good electronic organs, most organists are intrigued by “the real thing”—a pipe organ—and the opportunity to play and perhaps practice on one.    

We, the compilers of this website, have been unaware of the locations of many pipe organs in our area, so we decided to assemble a list of the pipe organs in Utah County and share it with the Utah Valley Chapter of the AGO, because that is where many organists go to get information about organs. 

As a committee we have been gathering data about these organs for the past six months, from interviews with many local organists, personal knowledge, and listings gleaned from the online database of The Organ Historical Society. Eventually, we realized that our list was incomplete and/or inaccurate, with numerous discrepancies in many cases.

Furthermore, we have been surprised to find out how many pipe organs there are in the Utah Valley—78!—more than we initially thought. With our onsite visits and with the help of many other individuals, including organists, organ enthusiasts, and the Operations and Maintenance Division in the Meetinghouse Facilities Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we now feel that we have an excellent working list of the pipe organs, the buildings where they are located, and the essential details (builders, model and opus numbers, number of manuals, ranks, etc.), including photos, of each organ. Some of the information will change as the pipe organs are refurbished and rebuilt, which has already been the case of several instruments on our list.

We invite you to become part of the project. Please report errors, omissions, or needed additions, using the contact information on the Utah Valley Pipe Organs website.

We hope this project will increase interest among organists, resulting in more training and cultural activities in those venues that house these unique instruments. You may view the instruments here:
Mike Carson
Blaine Olson
James Welch

Photos (left to right, top to bottom): Salem Stake, Highland South Stake (Schantz 1994), Provo 1st Ward, St. Mary's Episcopal Church (Provo)

Prepare for the 2023 AGO Certification Exams

The AGO has made changes to the certification exams. Watch a recording of the webinar, "A 21st Century Facelift for Certification Exams," here; the handout can be accessed here. Additional information about the certifications exams can be found on the Certification website.

Renee Gastelum, CAGO, AAGO, will be doing lecture series to help organists prepare for the CAGO and AAGO exams. Information can be found here.

Sunday 11 September 2022 at 8:00 PM

Olukola Owolabi
The University of Notre Dame, IN (USA)

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
Classical 89 Organ Fest is Back!
The popular annual event, “Classical 89 Organ Fest,” which was first held in 2008 and which was repeated every year up until the events of 2020 put a temporary halt on large gatherings, will be returning to the Utah scene with Organ Fest XIII, to be held on Friday, September 23rd at 7:30 p.m. in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square. The event traditionally features the five members of the Tabernacle organ staff as well as the organist of the Cathedral of the Madeleine, with the venue generally alternating between the Cathedral of the Madeleine and the Salt Lake Tabernacle.
This year’s event will feature organists Richard Elliott, Andrew Unsworth, Brian Mathias, Linda Margetts, and Joseph Peeples from the Tabernacle, as well as James Goldrick, a native of the U.K. and Australia who recently assumed the post of assistant organist at the Cathedral of the Madeleine. (The Cathedral’s organist and assistant director of music, Gabriele Terrone, has a scheduling conflict but will be giving a solo performance in the Tabernacle on Friday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. under the auspices of the newly created Virtuoso Organ Performance Series on Temple Square.) The program will include music by Bach, Diemer, Dunstable, Locklair, Mulet, Susato, Vierne, Walther, Weaver, and Widor.
Tickets are not required, but attendance is limited to those who are 8 years of age and older. Due to extensive construction on and around Temple Square, it is recommended that guests allow adequate time to find parking and walk to the Tabernacle. Information on parking options can be found at  Questions about parking and access can be directed to Temple Square Performances at 801-240-3736.
Change in Date for the
Tabernacle Organ Virtuoso Performance Series
The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square is pleased to announce the remainder of the inaugural season of the Tabernacle Organ Virtuoso Performance Series. Dr. Gabriele Terrone, Organist and Assistant Director of Music at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City, Utah, will perform on Friday, October 7, 2022 at 7:30 pm in the Salt Lake Tabernacle. On Friday, November 4, 2022 at 7:30 pm, the Series will feature Dr. Andrew Unsworth, Tabernacle Organist. 
These events do not require tickets and are free of charge to the public.

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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