Wasilla, Alaska – June 2016

Welcome to the 2016 Wasilla, Alaska Organ Workshop! The Hymn Sing/Organ Concert was held Friday night (June 10, 2016) and the Organ Training was held Saturday morning (June 11, 2016). The training had 66 attendees from 3 stakes.Huge thank you to the local coordinator, Ann Nelson, for all the hard work she put into making this workshop happen!

Performers and presenters: Dr. Don Cook and Sheri Peterson

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2016 Wasilla Alaska Concert Program

2016 Wasilla Alaska Organ Workshop Schedule


music-don_cookDr. Don Cook joined the organ faculty of Brigham Young University in 1991. In that capacity he serves as organ area coordinator, as university carillonneur, and oversees the group organ program. Formerly he held associate organist/choirmaster positions at Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and at First United Methodist Church, Lubbock, Texas. He toured Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia with the Lubbock choir, and accompanied the Parish Choir of Christ Church Cranbrook on a singing tour of England.

After earning Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in organ at Brigham Young University, he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance from the University of Kansas. His principal organ teachers were J.J. Keeler at BYU and James Moeser at KU. For many years he served as head of the instrumental area for the BYU Workshop on Church Music, and currently directs the annual BYU Organ Workshop, founded in 2002. He appears frequently as a Guest Organist at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City.

He has developed and published the first multimedia organ tutorial for pianists, Organ Tutor Organ 101 in several versions. The tutorial is used for private and group instruction, BYU Independent Study courses, and by individuals in at least nine countries.

MeSheri Peterson, has been an active church musician for thirty-eight years and is passionate about the organ.  She views music as a means of drawing closer to and testifying of Jesus Christ and considers being an organist to be a very sacred “calling.”  She loves people and especially enjoys sharing what she has learned and helping others develop their talents and refine their skills.

Sheri is a native of Los Angeles, California, reared in Bountiful, Utah and Arvada, Colorado, earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance and a degree in Family History from Brigham Young University.  She is presently a graduate student at Brigham Young University, finishing a Master’s degree in Organ Performance.  As part of her graduate assistantship, Sheri teaches classes in music theory, dictation, sight singing, two different levels of group organ classes, and private organ lessons.  She has played for BYU Graduation, Women’s Conference, numerous BYU devotionals, and BYU Vocal Beauty Boot Camp, as well as performed with the symphony and accompanied choirs.  She enjoys teaching at the annual Brigham Young University Organ Workshop and is currently preparing to audition to be a guest organist on Temple Square.

Sheri has taught piano lessons for thirty-seven years and has been a judge for piano competitions.  She has a private studio of piano and organ students of all ages and abilities.  Sheri is finishing her second term as dean of the Utah Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (UVAGO).  This service has provided her with opportunities to organize organ competitions and recitals, initiate and organize a youth scholarship audition program, as well as a Pipe Organ Encounter (POE) for youth.  In addition, she has had her work published in The American Organist magazine.  She loves organizing and teaching at organ workshops around the country.  Sheri is currently serving as ward organist, temple organist for the Provo City Center Temple, and is employed as organist at the Seventh Day Adventist and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Provo, Utah.  She is also a member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), as well as a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).  Sheri loves gardening, is an avid family historian, and loves to spend time with her six children and five grandbabies.

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