Welcome to the 2016 Washington, D.C. Area Organ Workshop! The rescheduled organ training was held on Saturday, March 12th from 8:45 am-11:30 am at the McLean, VA Stake Center. There were 90 attendees from 18 stakes. Huge thank you to the local coordinator, Ashley Baker, for all the hard work he put into making this workshop happen!
SPECIAL RESOURCE FOR DC LDS MUSICIANS: Benjamin Tsai has created a blog for LDS Musicians in DC. Here is the information from him:
The web address for the DC LDS Music Resources blog is http://dcldsmusic.blogspot.com/
The purpose of this blog is to provide resources for LDS members and friends to enhance musical talents and to perform callings as organists, pianists, choir members, music directors, and music chairpersons. These resources include links to online resources, available downloads, as well as announcements of concerts, training, and other musical events of interest to the LDS community in the DC Region. I also created a companion DC LDS Music Resources Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dcldsmusic/
Thank you Ben for providing this wonderful resource!
Jonathan Evans, a native of Warrenton, VA, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Organ Performance from Brigham Young University. During his senior year, Jonathan was a finalist in the annual BYU Concerto Competition, earning the chance to perform Samuel Barber’s “Toccata Festiva” with the BYU Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, for his Honors Thesis he studied the British composer Charles Parry’s major organ work “Fantasia and Fugue in G Major,” writing an analysis and completing a scholarly edition. Jonathan has played for LDS, Anglican, Christian Scientist, and Catholic services. Currently he serves as a ward organist in the McLean stake. Jonathan has a Master’s degree in Government from Georgetown University and works as a social science researcher for RTI International.
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.