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

Engage, Support, and Uplift Every Organist!
In this issue:
  • Sub-Dean's message
  • Chapter "informal" event May 20
  • BYU German organ tour
  • James Welch to perform three times in May
  • Upcoming BYU organ workshop in Provo
  • New member 
  • In memoriam 
  • BYU Organ Online Training Sessions continue
  • Eccles Organ Festival 
  • AGO National Convention in Seattle, Washington, July 3-7
  • Piping Up! - Online organ concerts at Temple Square
  • Year of the Young Organist
  • We value your membership
Sub-Dean's Message
Heidi Rodeback

 Dear Friends,
With the Year of the Young Organist (July 2021-June 2022) drawing to a close, won’t you please take a moment to think of the young pianists and organists in your circle? The AGO offers an impressive array of resources to help you reach out. If you haven’t seen these already, take a look:  If your circle is wider than Utah County, you can still reach out! My son who studies in New York just took advantage of AGO’s offer—free one-year membership for organists under 30—and has spent the last month touring pipe organs of Harlem.
One final invitation: Please mark your calendars—you and your youth!—for our spring informal, to be held Friday, May 20, at Jack Stoneman’s stake center in Spanish Fork. Bring a piece or two, prepared or in progress, and try them out in front of friendly ears on a beautifully refurbished Wicks pipe organ. We don’t schedule advance rehearsals for informals, but you’re welcome to check out the stop list at the link below.
I hope to see you there!
Heidi Rodeback
Stop List
Upcoming events
May 20 (Friday), 7:00 p.m. Spanish Fork Stake Center

Our final activity of the season will be a chapter informal. We thank Jack Stoneman for hosting this event. Please bring a piece or two, finished or unfinished, to share with our chapter. You can download the organ stop list for the refurbished and expanded Wicks Op. 5193 below. We look forward to a fun evening of making music with friends.
Stop List
The BYU students and faculty who went on the German organ tour will be back this week. We will secure a date and location to hear all about their adventures. Stay tuned!
James Welch to perform three times in May
May 6 (Friday, 7:30 p.m.): A recital to celebrate the recent upgrades to the 1974 Wicks organ at Rock Canyon Ward, 3050 Mojave Lane, in Provo. Music by German, French, Portuguese, Italian, English, Canadian, and American composers. This concert will be live-streamed at
May 15 (Sunday, 3:00 p.m.) "Bach to the Future"
This concert will be performed at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 50 West 200 North, Provo, on the unique mechanical organ built in 1967 by the Dutch firm of G. A. C. de Graaf—the only organ of its kind in Utah Valley. The program will include music of Bach, C. P. E. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Balbastre, Galuppi, and John Philip Sousa. Joining on the program will be pianist Ariel Wong. Together they will perform the Concerto in C major for two keyboard instruments by Antonio Soler, and the O. K. Chorale by P. D. Q. Bach
Provo St. Mary’s Episcopal Church's unique mechanical organ built in 1967 by the Dutch firm of G. A. C. de Graaf—the only organ of its kind in Utah Valley.
May 21: Sat. noon recital at the Tabernacle on Temple Square 
Bach: Toccata in C major
Dale Wood: Though I May Speak
Parry: Jerusalem
Arthur Sullivan, The Lost Chord
Dupré: Cortège et litanie
James Welch's concerts are free and open to the general public. Come, if you can, and bring a friend! Concert details are always available at
Upcoming BYU workshop to be held in Provo
New Member
A warm welcome to our newest member, Leonard J. Livingston.
In Memoriam: David T. Worlton (1941-2022}
David & Lorene Worlton
at the UVAGO 30th Anniversary on October 30, 2009

David T. Worlton, CAGO, an active member of the UVAGO chapter for many years, passed away in Lehi on April 8, 2022. David and his wife Lorene raised five children in the Lehi-Highland area. He was an electrical engineer and engineering consultant at Kennecott Utah Copper and faithfully served in his Latter-day Saint congregations.

According to his obituary, “At an early age, David began taking piano lessons, which he excelled at for about ten years. He became the designated pianist everywhere he went, and even played with Bud Hutchings in his dance band for three years. While serving his mission in Ireland and Scotland, he took an interest in the large organs in iconic European cathedrals. He had found his true musical outlet.” After only a few lessons from Tabernacle organist, Roy Darley, “David became the designated organist at nearly every church meeting from that moment on.” In 2004, David passed the AGO Colleague Exam, and he served as UVAGO sub-dean in 2005-06.

The chapter thanks Marianne Denison and her siblings for making a contribution to the chapter’s Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of their uncle Dave.

The Complete Organ Works of César Franck

  In celebration of the 200th birth anniversary of César Franck, Cathedral Organist Gabriele Terrone will perform the composer’s Complete Organ Works in two special recitals. on May 1 and May 22, 2022 at 8:00 PM.
Part II
Sunday 22 May 2022 at 8:00 PM

Choral No. 3
Fantaisie in C, Op. 16
Choral No. 2
Fantaisie in A
Prélude, fugue et variation, Op. 18
Final, Op. 21
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
Remaining BYU Organ Online Training Sessions 

Encourage your students and organ friends to register online for the remaining free classes. The next session begins Thursday, May 5, with Dr. Mark Campbell teaching the most important foundations of a good legato pedal technique. Legato fingering techniques will be the topic on June 2. 
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,

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: 

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).
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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