Recent News

Tributes to Dr. Parley L. Belnap

Tributes to Dr. Parley L. Belnap from some of his organ students on the occasion of a “Tribute Recital” hosted by the Utah Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists American Fork East Stake Center American Fork, Utah November 10, 2018 Heidi J. Alley I started taking organ lessons from Dr. Belnap when I was 10. I think for many of […]

Tribute Recital for Dr. Parley L. Belnap

Message from Lori Serr – November 9, 2018 – I was informed through an email last evening that our beloved teacher, colleague, and friend, Parley Belnap, had passed away.  Don Cook posted a beautiful tribute to him which is included below. We hope you will join us Saturday evening at 6 pm in the American Fork […]

We need your help! Are you receiving the chapter’s monthly e-newsletter?

We have 206 subscribers to the chapter’s monthly e-newsletters, and only 50% of those subscribers are actually opening them. We’re wondering about the 50% who are not opening them. Is the newsletter going to their junk email? Are they too busy to open it when it is received and then forget about it? Not interested […]

Remembering Carol Dean

Carol Deanne Peine Dean (1947-2018) was an avid teacher and student of the organ for over 30 years. She played her first solo organ recital at age 40 and, at age 51, received a Master of Music in Organ Performance and Pedagogy from Brigham Young University. In 1986, she and her husband, Dana, bought a […]

LESSONS FOR THE NEW ORGANIST Makes Debut at AGO

  The American Guild of Organists (AGO) Committee on Continuing Professional Education (CCPE) commissioned concert organist Frederick Hohman to author and present a series of 30 video music lessons, with the goal of helping pianists of intermediate achievement to make a successful transition to the pipe organ when leading music in worship. The series is entitled LESSONS FOR […]

Young Organists Excel in RCYO Chapter Competition

The Salt Lake chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) hosted a chapter-level competition in the Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists (RCYO) on March 9, 2017. Sarah Maxfield, 16, won the competition, and Dallin Baldwin, an organ performance major at BYU, was awarded runner-up. The competition was held at First United Methodist Church in […]

Voices from Abroad

We hear from Sarah Maxfield, 16, who was able to attend the Haarlem International Organ Festival this summer (2016). Sarah is also one of the winners of last spring’s UVAGO Youth Scholarship program.  Hi! My name is Sarah Maxfield; I turned 16 in June. I’ve played the organ for four years. This summer, as part of […]

Voices from Pipe Organ Encounter 2016

On this page, we hear the experiences of some of the youth who attended Pipe Organ Encounter 2016 in Salt Lake City. We are inspired by their youthful enthusiasm and passionate musicianship.   Julianna Carlson Provo, Utah Age 15 I never really had a thing for the organ until one day when my piano teacher, […]

“The New Organist” on the National AGO Website

The New Organist webpage of the American Guild of Organists assists pianists to learn to play the organ! The Committee on The New Organist is dedicated to providing answers to common questions through their webpage. Help yourself to these resources (most of them free) for anyone learning about the organ: The New Organist

Nick Banks of Pedals & Pipework

Nick Banks is, as he puts it, “a young, single-adult college student” with a passion for playing organs, especially pipe organs.  He routinely searches for and locates pipe organs in churches, concert halls, event centers, and other venues in the vicinity of his home in Utah County and reports his findings on a blog.  Most […]