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

Engage, Support, and Uplift Every Organist!
In this issue:
  • Dean's message
  • Year of the Young Organist
  • Upcoming chapter events 
  • Did you know...?
  • Eccles Organ Festival 
  • Salt Lake City AGO Super Saturday...and we're invited! February 4 and 5
  • AGO National Convention in Seattle, Washington, July 3-7
  • Just for fun...Hymn Trivia Quiz
  • Piping Up! - Organ Concerts at Temple Square
  • We value your membership
  • Do you have Facebook! So do we!
Dean's Message
Miranda Wilcox

Dear Friends,
I hope that you had a healthy and happy holiday with your loved ones.
The chapter will start the new year with a visit to the Tabernacle organ at Temple Square on Monday, January 17. Chapter members and young musicians as well as their family and friends are welcome to the noon recital and the UVAGO activity from 1:00-3:00 pm. While in the Tabernacle, please wear a face mask.
Dr. Neil Harmon, a member of our chapter, will be performing the noon recital and will celebrate  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with the pieces he is performing. Don’t miss it! To attend Dr. Harmon’s recital, enter the Tabernacle at Door #11, located on the east end of the building; the door will open at 11:50 am. Follow this link for information about Temple Square parking.
After Dr. Harmon’s recital, our group needs to exit the Tabernacle and reenter together at 12:45 pm at Door #1, located on the west end of the building. If you get detached from the group or arrive late, please go to Door #1 and email me at: mirandawilcox96@gmail. I will meet you at Door 1 as soon as I can. For security reasons, we have been asked not to enter through the rear public entrance and ask the missionaries for permission to proceed forward. Please plan to stay with the group in the Tabernacle for the entire activity from 1:00-3:00 pm. While in the Tabernacle, we need to follow the instructions of the service missionaries and not wander around the building. If you absolutely need to leave early, you must be escorted out through Door #1.
Everyone in our group will have the opportunity to tour the organ pipes behind the choir seats in small groups guided by service missionaries. All will enjoy listening to the pieces of those who signed up to play the organ. If you would like to play the Tabernacle organ, please fill out the Google form (see the link below) by Wednesday, January 12. Priority will be given to organists under the age of 30 and organists who are members of our chapter. To give as many people the opportunity to play as possible, please prepare a piece that is 4 minutes or less. I will email the playing schedule to those who have signed up by January 15.
Please abide by the Tabernacle’s policies regarding photographs and recordings: “You are welcome to have pictures taken of yourself at the organ. Videos are also allowed, but are for private use only. They 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 rule.”
We look forward to seeing you on Monday, January 17 at Temple Square.
Happy New Year!

Here is the link to the Google form for signups to play the Tabernacle organ on January 17:
One year free Guild membership for all current, lapsed, and new members under the age of 30. In an effort to grow the community of younger musicians in the pipe organ field, the American Guild of Organists has declared this year the “Year of the Young Organist.” Through the sharing of performances by young musicians and the publication of resources, we hope to bring more visibility to the new generation of musicians. 

National AGO events and new initiatives to be held throughout the year.
Click here or use for more information and to sign up for your free year of membership (under age 30).
Upcoming chapter events through May 2022
The UVAGO board has planned new in-person events for the coming AGO year. Please "bring a friend" to introduce other organists to what our local chapter has to offer.
January 17: Play the Tabernacle organ
January 17: Tabernacle Organ Crawl 
1:00-3:00 pm, Tabernacle, Temple Square 

Tour the pipes of the famous Tabernacle organ and sign up to play a short piece on the Tabernacle organ (priority given to chapter members and young organists under 30). Consider attending the noon organ recital performed by Dr. Neil Harmon in the Tabernacle before our chapter’s activity. Please refer to the detailed instructions in the dean's message at the top of this newsletter.

Here is a link to the Google form to signup to play the Tabernacle organ on January 17:
February 19: Distinctive features of German Baroque organs and music
Saturday, February 19
Provo Central Stake Center
450 North 1220 West, Provo
10:00 a.m.

Dr. Neil Harmon and the BYU organ students will teach us about distinctive features of German organs and organ music. They will also give tips for playing the Bigelow tracker organ at the Provo Central Stake center.
March 18: Bach & Baroque Recital
March 18: Bach & Baroque Recital (in person and virtual) 
7:00 pm, Provo Central Stake Center, 450 N 1220 W, Provo

Play a piece by Bach or another Baroque composer on the Bigelow organ at the Provo Central Stake Center. Performers may also submit a video of a piece played on an organ of their choice. To play a piece in person or to submit a video, contact Miranda Wilcox at:
Preparing for our event in May 2022

The “Lighter” Side of the Organ

The role of the pipe organ in concert and worship has shaped a “standard repertoire” that dominates many recital programs and orders of service. However, an often forgotten yet equally engaging and colorful world of organ music exists beyond what we typically hear. 
In honor of the AGO’s Year of the Young Organist, the Utah Valley Chapter will host a recital dedicated to the “lighter” side of the organ in May 2022. Organists are invited to prepare pieces that highlight the instrument’s humorous, schmaltzy, toe-tapping side to perform at the recital. This is the perfect opportunity to dust off the works you have longed to play but never had an excuse to learn. Even if you don’t want to play for the recital, we encourage you to choose a “less-traditional” piece to learn just for the fun of it! 
If you are unsure where to start, chapter member, James Welch, has prepared a list of “lighter” pieces that may spark inspiration. We hope to see you at the recital in May! (Time and location to be announced.)

"Lighter" List
Did you know?

You don't have to be a member of the chapter to attend an event. We welcome all organists and those interested in the organ to join us for any particular program that interests you. We are here to serve YOU. No strings attached!
January 9 - Bruce Neswick
Join us Sunday, January 9, at 8:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Madeleine. Livestream available on the Eccles Organ Festival YouTube channel. The program will feature works by Olivier Messiaen, Clara Schumann and others, and will include two improvisations on given themes.
Eccles Festival
Super Saturday by Salt Lake City AGO...We're invited!
The Salt Lake City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists presents
Dexter Kennedy in Concert
and a Super Saturday of Classes & Workshops
February 4 & 5, 2022
All concerts and classes will be held in the David Gardner School of Music and Libby Gardner Concert Hall at the University of Utah.
Dexter Kennedy will perform the complete organ works of César Franck in two recitals:
Friday Evening, February 4, at 7:00 pm and 
Saturday afternoon, February 5, at 2:00 pm.
Both recitals will be held in the Libby Gardner Concert Hall and are free and open to the public. Dexter will also direct a master class for preregistered organists
Workshops and presentations will be held Saturday, February 5. Pre-registration will soon be available or register that day in person beginning at 8:00 am. 
National Convention 2022
Seattle, Washington, July 3-7

Convention Coordinator:  Michael Monnikendam
206-399 5046 (mobile)
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
4805 N.E. 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98105
Convention website

The National Convention of the American Guild of Organists is held biennially in even-numbered years and reflects the diverse aspects of the Guild and its official work across the country. Held as a function of the national organization in partnership with a selected chapter, it represents a coalition between the national leadership and the host chapter’s leadership. This joint venture combines the talents and creative strengths of each, and represents the larger vision of the whole membership and its needs.

The AGO holds both national and regional conventions. The regional conventions are held during the summers of odd-numbered years. For more information on national and regional conventions, please visit the AGO website,
Just for fun...

Hymnal Trivia Quiz: Created by Lella Pomeroy and James Welch

An open-book quiz designed to help you become more familiar with the hymns in the 1985 LDS hymnal. Some questions are just for fun, others are to make you think, and some are to make you search—all to encourage the love and enjoyment of the hymns.

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: 

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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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