Welcome to the 2015 Southeast Arizona LDS Organ Training! There was a Hymn Sing/Organ Concert on the evening of Friday October 9th, and the Organ Training was held on the morning of Saturday October 10th. There were 107 attendees from 19 stakes at the Organ Training. Huge thank you to the local coordinator, David Christiansen, for all the hard work he put into making this workshop happen!
Workshop presenters from left to right: Kymberly Stone, Valerie McDougal, Dr. Brian Mathias (not pictured: Frank Ashdown)
Dr. Brian Mathias
Dr. Brian Mathias is Adjunct Professor of Music at Brigham Young University, where he teaches applied organ and carillon, as well as courses in organ literature, keyboard harmony, and hymn playing. Before coming to BYU in 2014, he taught at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and was Associate Organist at Country Club Christian Church in Kansas City, Missouri. A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dr. Mathias earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in organ performance at BYU before completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Kansas, where he studied with James Higdon.
Dr. Mathias’s recent solo performances include recitals at Washington National Cathedral (Washington, D.C.), Texas A&M International University (Laredo, Texas), and the Community of Christ Temple (Independence, Missouri). He has performed regularly as a guest organist at the Salt Lake Tabernacle since 2007. He has also been a competitor in major international competitions, including the Canadian International Organ Competition (Montreal, Quebec) and the Grand Prix de Chartres International Organ Competition (Paris, France).
Dr. Mathias currently resides in Provo with his wife, Alicia, and daughters Claire (4) and Evie (2).
Dr. Franklin Ashdown
Franklin D. Ashdown is a widely published composer of organ and choral music. Born in 1942, he studied piano for 12 years and was “recruited” to play the organ for a local congregation at age 13. He later studied organ with Judson Maynard and James Drake, and was privately coached in composition by Fred Tulan of San Francisco and Leonard Raver of New York’s Juilliard School. His works have been performed in venues ranging from Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City to Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London and the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. His compositions have been featured on APM’s Pipedreams, NPR’s All Things Considered, and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s broadcast, Music and the Spoken Word. Leonard Raver and Stephen Burns recorded his Requiem for the Challenger for trumpet and organ on the Classic Masters Label, and James Welch has included some of his solo organ music in his series of CD recordings for various labels. He has received several consecutive Standard Panel and ASCAP Plus awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. A resident of Alamogordo, New Mexico, Dr. Ashdown is a composer, retired physician, and organist-choir director for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Valerie W. McDougal is currently a graduate student in Organ Performance at Brigham Young University, where she received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance studying under Dr. Douglas E. Bush. She passed and was awarded both Colleague and Service Playing Certificates from the American Guild of Organists. She is also a member of both the Salt Lake City and Utah County Chapters of the AGO.
Sister McDougal has conducted and taught LDS training for organists of all levels. She is an organ teacher of private students. Valerie and her husband Mark, reside in South Jordan, Utah. They are the proud parents of five children and grandparents of four grandchildren.
Kymberly Stone is a graduate student studying organ performance at Brigham Young University. Her first introduction to the organ started at BYU in 2009 when she took Music 115: Basic Organ Skills from Don Cook. Her love of the organ blossomed during an evensong service in Oxford that next summer. She started the music program in 2010 and graduated Magna Cum Laude August 2013. As part of her graduate assistantship, Kymberly teaches Music 115, Sightsinging and Dictation classes, as well as private carillon and organ lessons. Teaching LDS organ workshops is her passion. She has taught workshops around Utah County, as well as in Michigan, Missouri, Texas, California, Idaho, and Nevada.
In addition to teaching, Kymberly is an Associate Carillonneur at Brigham Young University and also assists in organ tuning and repair on campus. Kymberly currently serves as Stake Organist, and is an organist at Orem Community Church. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA). Kymberly is currently serving as Historian to the Utah Valley Chapter of the AGO and previously served as Student Coordinator.
Outside of playing the organ, Kymberly enjoys traveling, playing the carillon and hiking.