Thousand Oaks, CA Organ Workshop – March 2017

Welcome to the 2017 Thousand Oaks, California workshop held on March 24th and 25th, 2017! There were 136 attendees from 25 stakes at the organ training on Saturday morning. Huge thank you to the local coordinator, Ellen Peeples, for all the hard work she put into making this workshop happen!

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Brian MathiasBrian Mathias Dr. Brian Mathias is Adjunct Professor of Music at Brigham Young University, where he teaches applied organ and carillon, as well as courses in organ literature, keyboard harmony, and hymn playing. Before coming to BYU in 2014, he taught at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and was Associate Organist at Country Club Christian Church in Kansas City, Missouri. A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dr. Mathias earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in organ performance at BYU before completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Kansas, where he studied with James Higdon.

Dr. Mathias’s recent solo performances include recitals at Washington National Cathedral (Washington, D.C.), Texas A&M International University (Laredo, Texas), and the Community of Christ Temple (Independence, Missouri). He has performed regularly as a guest organist at the Salt Lake Tabernacle since 2007. He has also been a competitor in major international competitions, including the Canadian International Organ Competition (Montreal, Quebec) and the Grand Prix de Chartres International Organ Competition (Paris, France).

Dr. Mathias currently resides in Provo with his wife, Alicia, and daughters Claire (4) and Evie (2).

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. 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 January of 2016, she began working as Organ Department Executive Assistant, and continued her work for BYU after graduation. She married Curt Payne in November 2016 and moved to California, but she is humbled that she gets to continue 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, and Oregon.

Kymberly currently serves as Ward Organist in San Leandro, CA, and is working on starting her private organ studio in her new home. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), 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.

Choice 1 - 6418Joseph Peeples is an adjunct faculty member at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California, where he teaches applied organ and courses in music appreciation and keyboard harmony, and Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where he teaches applied piano and courses in music theory and aural skills. Joseph also serves on the faculty of the annual Brigham Young University Organ Workshop in Provo, Utah, where he has taught courses on a variety of topics, including organ registration, organ literature, pedal technique, improvisation, and music theory. Before joining the faculty at CLU and Pepperdine, he taught a wide variety of courses in music theory and musicianship at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana and Brigham Young University.

Joseph 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. He currently serves as substitute organist for churches throughout the Los Angeles area.

Recently, Joseph performed at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church (Charleston, South Carolina) as part of the L’Organo recital series of Charleston’s annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival. He has also given recitals at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church and the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. He was a finalist in the 2014 Arthur Poister Scholarship Competition in Organ Playing and won second place in the 2009 AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists, Salt Lake City Chapter.

Joseph has completed doctoral coursework at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied organ with Janette Fishell and Christopher Young, improvisation and sacred music with Bruce Neswick, conducting with Walter Huff, and harpsichord with Elisabeth Wright. He received a Master of Music degree from Brigham Young University, studying organ with Don Cook and Doug Bush, conducting with Rosalind Hall, and carillon with Don Cook. He also received a Bachelor of Art degree from California State University Channel Islands in Camarillo, California.

He presently lives in Thousand Oaks, California with his wife, Ellen, and their son, Isaac.


Sheri Peterson, adjunct organ faculty at Brigham Young University, received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in organ performance from Brigham Young University where she studied with Don Cook and Douglas Bush.  At present, she studies with Gabriele Terrone and Brian Mathias.  Actively involved in the American Guild of Organists (AGO), she has served in a variety of capacities, including two terms as dean of the Utah Valley Chapter, sub-dean and as a member of the Regional Nominating Committee.  Sheri has written for a monthly newsletter and has had her work published in The American Organist magazine.  She has organized many organ workshops, including a week long AGO Pipe Organ Encounter (POE) for youth, and annual workshops attended by hundreds of people.

Sheri has taught university classes in music theory, sight singing, dictation, and group organ.  She has taught extensively at workshops and conferences, including the annual BYU Organ Workshop.  In addition, she has a large private studio of organ and piano students.  Sheri has been involved in church music for over forty years and is currently organist for the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Provo, Utah, as well as ward organist, and temple organist.  Sheri has performed the organ with the symphony and various choirs, performed in numerous recitals and hymn sings, as a soloist for BYU Devotional, as well as playing for BYU commencement, convocations, devotionals, and BYU Women’s Conference.

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).  In addition to her organ and teaching passion, Sheri loves gardening, is an avid family historian, and loves to spend time with her six children and five grandchildren.