Welcome to the 2016 Mesa/Gilbert Area Organ Workshop! The Hymn Sing/Organ Concert was held on Friday April 8th at 7:00pm and the organ training was held on Saturday April 9th from 8:00 am-1:20 pm. There were 139 attendees from 15 stakes. Huge thank you to the local coordinator, Shawna Brady, for all the hard work she put into making this workshop happen!
Organists at the Hymn Sing/Organ Concert from left to right: Seth Bott, Sheri Peterson, Karen Taylor, Steven Brown and Camille Coffey
Presenters, Coordinator and Stake President at the Organ Training: President Chris Brady, Shawna Brady, Seth Bott, Sheri Peterson, Camille Coffey and Steven Brown.
Meet the Presenters
Seth Bott, native of Castle Dale, Utah, is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in organ performance at the University of Kansas where he studies under James Higdon and Michael Bauer. He was appointed with a Graduate Teaching Assistantship where he teaches private lessons and works closely with the organ faculty to organize and execute organ department business. Before attending the University of Kansas, he received his Masters of Music and Bachelors of Music degrees in organ performance and pedagogy from Brigham Young University where he studied with Don Cook and Douglas Bush. Seth has an abundance of church playing experience in many denominations, and is currently serving as the organist and accompanist at First United Methodist Church in Lawrence, Kansas. His church playing experiences in the LDS church have afforded him to play for many large and small meetings, with several of them being televised. Seth is currently serving as a Guest Tabernacle Organist on Temple Square and participates in the daily organ recital series performed on the famous Mormon Tabernacle Organ. In 2009, he took first place in Region IX of the RCYO AGO organ competition for young organist allowing him to perform at the National AGO convention in Washington, D.C. in 2010. As a natural teacher, Seth loves to share his passion for music and the organ with others.
Sheri Peterson, 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, pursuing a Master’s degree in Organ Performance. As part of her graduate assistantship, Sheri teaches classes in sight singing, two different levels of group organ classes, and private organ lessons. She has played for the BYU Women’s Conference, numerous BYU devotionals, BYU Vocal Beauty Boot Camp and is currently preparing to audition to be a guest organist on Temple Square. Sheri has taught piano lessons for thirty-five years and has been a judge for piano competitions. In addition to teaching at BYU, she has a private studio of piano and organ students. Sheri is the dean of the Utah Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (UVAGO) and as such has organized organ competitions and recitals, as well as organized and taught at organ workshops. She has had her work published in The American Organist magazine and has created a data base to catalog organ repertoire. Sheri is currently ward organist, temple organist and plays for the Unitarian Church in Springville, 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 two grandbabies (and is thrilled that two more are on the way).
Karen Taylor and Camille Coffey