Philadelphia, PA – November 2017

Welcome to the 2017 Philadelphia, PA Organ Workshop! There will be classes for those of all ages and experience. The Organ Concert will be held on Friday, November 10th, and the Organ Training will be held Saturday, November 11th at the Philadelphia Stake Center. Please scroll to the bottom of the page for Instructor Biographies and the Event Flyer.

If you plan on attending the workshop, please register in the box below. Make sure to hit submit! A message will appear on the screen confirming your registration.

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Instructor Biographies:

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.

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 native of San Francisco, Elizabeth Forsyth first studied organ with Esther Johnson of Berkeley, CA.  She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in organ performance from Brigham Young University where she studied with Robert Cundick and J.J. Keeler.  Long active in the American Guild of Organists, she has served on the Executive Committees of both the San Francisco and the Philadelphia chapters and has chaired committees on Long Range Planning and The Young Organist.  Serving in church music for over 40 years, she is currently the organist at First Congregational Church of Berkeley.  She is a past guest organist at the Salt Lake Tabernacle, has frequently been a Philadelphia AGO Chapter noon recitalist and has also performed at The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa and the Philadelphia Cathedral. Recent collaborations have included concerts with Young People’s Symphony Orchestra, Folsom Lake Symphony and Chora Nova. Elizabeth teaches both piano and organ students and delights in getting her teenage piano students over to the organ bench.  Each August she can be found presenting classes and workshops at the BYU Organ Workshop.  She is the proud mother of four sons and grandmother of eight.

dsc_0371croppedKymberly (Stone) 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.

While at BYU, Kymberly taught and performed extensively, both on the organ and carillon. As a graduate student, she taught group organ classes, sightsinging and dictation classes, as well as private carillon and organ lessons for the BYU School of Music. In addition to teaching, Kymberly was an Associate Carillonneur at Brigham Young University where she gave weekly carillon recitals, and in June of 2015, Kymberly passed a rigorous national certification exam and was voted into carillonneur membership of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA). She accompanied the congregational hymn for the weekly BYU Devotionals seventeen times, played for dozens of graduation ceremonies, and performed in both group and solo organ concerts frequently.

Last November, she moved to California when she married Curt Payne, and they are now settled into the Bay Area. She continues to teach and perform extensively in the Bay Area and is humbled that she gets to continue her involvement with these LDS Organ Workshops as Organ Workshop Consultant on behalf of the BYU School of Music. 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, and Oregon.

Her busy schedule includes recitals as Guest Organist at the Tabernacle of Temple Square in Salt Lake City Utah, serving as Interim Organist at First Covenant Church in Oakland, and accompanying the Ripon Oratorio Society. Her professional memberships include the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and the Organ Historical Society (OHS), and she is currently serving as Sub-Dean Elect on the SFAGO’s Executive Board.