Utah Valley Organ Workshop – February 2016

Welcome to the 2016 Utah Valley Organ Workshop! The Hymn Sing/Organ Concert was held Friday, February 26th, and the Organ Training was held on Saturday, February 27th. There were 89 attendees from 7 stakes at the training Saturday morning. Huge thank you to the local coordinator, Lorelea Anderson, for all the hard work she put into making this workshop happen!

Organists at the Hymn Sing/Organ Concert from left to right: Mike Carson, Lorelea Anderson, Sheri Peterson, Valerie McDougal, Kymberly Stone and Jay Goodliffe.

Presenters at the Organ Training from left to right: Jay Goodliffe, Mike Carson, Kymberly Stone, Valerie McDougal, Sheri Peterson, Lella Pomeroy and Dr. Brian Mathias (not pictured: Dr. Don Cook and Sheri Peterson)

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2016 Utah Valley Organ Concert Program

2016 Utah Valley Organ Workshop Schedule

Meet the Presenters of the 2016 Utah Valley Area Organ Workshop:

10325284_697212310339224_2724243148239649308_nMike Carson hails from Lehi, Utah, where he graduated Sterling Scholar in music. At BYU he studied piano with Dr. Paul C. Pollei and Robert Smith and was principal cellist in the Symphony Orchestra under Lawrence Sardoni and Glenn Williams. After BYU, he worked in the retail print music business in Provo and Orem for 24 years. He currently works as a front desk administrative assistant for the City of Cedar Hills.

Mike performs in recording studios and teaches private piano and organ students. He has served in wards and stakes as organist, choir director, and music chairman, as well as regional choir director. He is currently serving in his favorite calling: ward choir accompanist. Mike has served as dean of the Utah Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and is currently serving as district convener in the Bonneville (Utah) District in the AGO.

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.

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.

Jay Goodliffe


Jay Goodliffe is a Colleague of the American Guild of Organists. He has been a ward organist, stake organist, and temple organist. He has studied with Bonnie Goodliffe and Don Cook


Brian MathiasDr. 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).

Valerie McDougalValerie W. McDougal is currently a graduate student in Organ Performance at Brigham Young University, where she received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance studying under Dr. Douglas E. Bush.  Her graduate organ study has been under Dr. Brian Mathias and Dr. Andrew Unsworth. She holds both Colleague and Service Playing Certificates from the American Guild of Organists.  She is a member of Salt Lake and Utah County Chapters of the AGO.

Mrs. McDougal currently teaches group organ courses at Brigham Young University, and has conducted and taught LDS training for organists of all levels. She is an organ teacher of private students.

Valerie and her husband Mark, reside in South Jordan, Utah.  They are the proud parents of five children and grandparents of four grandchildren.

MeSheri 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).


Lella E. Pomeroy has a BA and MM in Music/Organ Performance Emphasis, University of California Santa Barbara 1984-1992, studied with James Welch.  AGO substitute organist and Organist St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Santa Barbara 5 1/2 years.  Past Dean of the American Guild of Organists for Santa Barbara and Utah Valley Chapters, presently Member at Large for Utah Valley, Colleague of the AGO. Professional accompanist/staff accompanist for various High school and Junior High Music Departments and community choirs in Arizona, California and Utah, as well as four Vocal studios, NATS competitions and Utah Lyric Opera Society 1970-2013. Part of Organ faculty for Workshop on Church Music and BYU Organ Workshop since 1993, and for AGO Super Saturday. Private Organ Teacher. Past Provo Temple Organist.  Presently Ward Organist and Relief Society Pianist.

2013_05_16256Kymberly 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

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