Welcome to the 2017 East Valley Organ Workshop! On September 15th, 2017, we held a Hymn Sing/Organ Concert with wonderful music and favorite Christian hymns. On Saturday, September 16th, 2017, there were 312 attendees from 60 stakes at the Organ Training. A huge thank you to Amy Jo Hadlock and Debbie Parker, the local coordinators, for making this awesome event happen!
Camille Coffey began playing and studying the organ 21 years ago, with the assistance and inspiration from a wonderful ward organist, DeAnn Mortensen. She graduated from Ottawa University with Bachelor of Arts degree in organ performance and choral music education. She has studied with Joan Zimmerman (a former student of Dr. Robert Clark, organ professor 1992-1998 ASU), Dr. Don Cook, and most extensively with Dr. Michael Mazzatenta.
Camille has played for several Stake Conferences, Young Single Adult Devotionals, and prior to the Gilbert Temple being dedicated, she served for ten years as an organist in the Mesa Arizona Temple. She enjoys serving as an organist in her ward, stake, and for other special events, as well as being a resource for other aspiring organists.
In addition to being an organist, Camille is a music educator at Coolidge Jr./Sr. High, conducting choirs and teaching piano classes. She is in her 14th season of singing with the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chamber Singers. She currently serves as president of the Arizona Choral Educators, a constituent organization of the National Association for Music Educators.
Dr. 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.
Dr. Cook studied carillon with Albert Gerken while pursuing doctoral studies in organ at the University of Kansas. He became a full member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America in 1984, and has performed actively throughout North America since that time. He has served on the Board of Directors and as chair of the Music Publications Committee for the Guild. Carillon performances include a concert tour of Holland in 1990, and a recital tour of east-coast carillons in the summer of 1992. In 1994 he hosted the annual Congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America at Brigham Young University.
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.
A Utah native, Craig Jorgensen moved to Arizona in 2015. He graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in piano performance. He has performed with many ensembles including the BYU Philharmonic, the Utah Chamber Artists, the Utah Symphony, orchestras at the University of Utah, and the Orchestra at Temple Square. He is also featured as pianist and organist in two recordings produced by Deseret Book: We’ll Sing and We’ll Shout, volumes 1 and 2. Among other callings, Craig has served as a choir accompanist, ward organist, stake music chairman, and primary pianist. He is a guest organist at Temple Square and has performed numerous recitals in the Tabernacle and Conference Center.
Kymberly Payne is a young organist who is passionate about sharing her love of the organ, and the power we have as organists to bless others and change lives. Kymberly completed her Masters of Music with an emphasis in Organ Performance at Brigham Young University in 2016, even though she didn’t start playing the organ until just a few years earlier. Her first introduction to the organ started at BYU in 2009 when she took Music 115: Basic Organ Skills from Don Cook. While listening to the organ at an evensong service in Oxford the next summer, her love of the organ blossomed, and the rest is history! She began the music program in 2010 and graduated with her Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Organ Performance, Magna Cum Laude, August 2013.
While at BYU, Kymberly taught and performed extensively, both on the organ and carillon. As part of her graduate assistantship, Kymberly taught group organ classes, sightsinging and dictation classes, as well as private carillon and organ lessons. In addition to teaching, Kymberly was an Associate Carillonneur at Brigham Young University where she gave weekly carillon recitals, and assisted in organ tuning and repair on campus. She accompanied the congregational hymn for the weekly BYU Devotionals seventeen times, and performed in both group and solo organ concerts frequently.
In 2016, she began working as Organ Department Executive Assistant, and continues her involvement with these LDS Organ Workshops from her home in San Leandro, CA as BYU Organ Workshop Administrator. During her involvement with these workshops, she has planned, performed, and taught at various LDS Organ Workshops around Utah County (including teaching at the annual BYU Organ Workshop), as well as in Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Texas, California, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.
Kymberly currently serves as Ward Organist in San Leandro, CA. She is Sub-Dean Elect on the San Francisco Board of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), a member of the Organ Historical Society (OHS) and is a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA). Her newest organ service opportunity is her appointment as Guest Organist at the Tabernacle on Temple Square.
Susan Robinson received her organ performance degree from Arizona State University in 2002, while studying with Dr. Robert Clark. In addition to organ she conducts an English handbell ensemble and hosts intimate salons in her home in Phoenix. She and her husband are delighted to share their M. L. Bigelow 19 stop, 18 rank tracker organ with all music lovers!
Karen Stephens Taylor earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from Brigham Young University in 1987. She is currently a second-year graduate student at Arizona State University, pursuing her Master’s degree in Organ Performance, under the instruction of Dr. Kimberly Marshall. Mrs. Taylor holds the position of Organ Scholar at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, in Phoenix, where she is mentored by Dr. Erik Goldstrom. She also has been an LDS ward and stake organist since she was 12 years old. This year Karen received the E. Power Biggs Fellowship from the Organ Historical Society. She also serves on the board for Central Arizona American Guild of Organists. Karen recently finished playing piano for 11 seasons for Promusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra, in Phoenix. She also performs with other local studios, organizations, churches, and ensembles on the organ, piano, and harpsichord. Although currently she is not teaching privately, she has maintained a private studio for over 30 years while raising her family of six children. She is the former organ student of Dr. Guy Whatley.