Welcome to the 2016 Riverside Organ Workshop! The Hymn Sing/Organ Concert was held Friday night (April 29, 2016) and the Organ Training was held Saturday morning (April 30, 2016). The training had 196 attendees from 38 stakes. Huge thank you to the local coordinator, Beth Ballantyne, for all the hard work she put into making this workshop happen!
Workshop presenters from left to right: Dr. Don Cook, Kymberly Stone, Sheri Peterson, Joseph Peeples
Meet the Presenters:
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.
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.
Joseph Peeples has a great love for organ and sacred music and its unique power to bring people closer to Christ. He has been a church musician for 20 years, with substantial experience in congregational and choral accompanying. This experience includes being Organist of Speedway Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Speedway, Indiana and accompanying the nationally-recognized collegiate choirs of Brigham Young University. His performance experience also includes competing as a finalist in the 2014 Arthur Poister Scholarship Competition in Organ Playing and winning second place in the 2009 AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists, Salt Lake City Chapter.
Joseph recently completed doctoral coursework at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he studied with Janette Fishell and Christopher Young. He also earned a Master of Music degree from Brigham Young University, where he studied with Don Cook. He has taught music theory courses at IU and BYU, and is a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. He also teaches each August at the BYU Organ Workshop in Provo, Utah.
Joseph is currently working on his doctoral final project, a Schenkerian analysis of J.S. Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in E Major (BWV 566). He recently moved to Thousand Oaks with his wife, Ellen, after accepting a position as an adjunct professor at California Lutheran University. In December, they celebrated the arrival of their first child, Isaac.
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).
Kymberly Stone is a graduate student finishing up her masters in 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 group organ classes, sightsinging and dictation classes, as well as private carillon and organ lessons. Teaching LDS organ workshops is her passion! She has taught various workshops around Utah County (including the annual BYU Organ Workshop), as well as in Michigan, Missouri, Texas, California, Idaho, Arizona 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 Ward and Stake Organist, and is an organist at Orem Community Church. She also serves as temple organist in the Provo Temple. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), the Organ Historical Society (OHS) 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.
Her newest service through the organ opportunity is her lifetime appointment as Guest Organist at the Tabernacle on Temple Square