2020-2022 Executive Officers

 

Chapter Dean: Miranda Wilcox

Miranda Wilcox is an associate professor of English at Brigham Young University where she teaches medieval literature. She loves playing the organ and expresses gratitude to her organ teachers for generous and patient nurturing. She has served as a volunteer organist in many of the congregations in which she has lived. Participating in the UVAGO Chapter as secretary and newsletter editor has been a rewarding way to make friends, to grow as an organist, and to serve the community. She encourages anyone with an interest in the organ to get involved.

Chapter Sub-Dean: Heidi Rodeback, CAGO

Heidi Rodeback is a collaborative pianist and organist who teaches and accompanies in North Utah County. As a pianist, she studied with her mother, Kay Gardner Hancock, a highly regarded teacher in the Seattle area, and completed post-graduate work at the Colby College Piano Institute, where she performed in masterclasses with Anthony di Bonaventura. As an organist, she holds a Service Playing Certificate and further certification as a Colleague in the AGO. She accompanies choirs and music classes at American Heritage School during the school day while maintaining a private studio after hours. She has logged some 35 years in service as ward and stake organist for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Active in civic life, Heidi served two terms on the American Fork City Council and recently retired from service as chair of the American Fork Library Board of Trustees. In addition to her involvement with the UVAGO, she was a founding member of the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra and currently volunteers on its board of directors.

Treasurer: David Chamberlin

David Chamberlin feels very fortunate to be an organist and an organ builder. Since 1985 he has been vice-president and tonal director at Bigelow & Co. Organ Builders and, since 1987, has served as organist at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City. David is also the composer and publisher of LDS Hymn Voluntaries—“an organ piece for every hymn in the book”—a work still in progress. He is a regular presenter at the chapter’s annual Super Saturdays and has also presented at the BYU Organ Workshop.

David has served as sub-dean of the Salt Lake City chapter of the AGO and dean and sub-dean of the Utah Valley chapter, currently serving as the treasurer and registrar. His duties include managing the membership records and finances and overseeing the chapter’s dues collections.

David’s involvement in the AGO puts him in association with like-minded people who care about the things that are important to him, with opportunities to serve and learn from each other. He considers every chapter member a friend and feels inspired by all—irrespective of their skill level, knowledge, or experience.

Secretary: Dorothy Jensen

Dorothy Jensen comes from Whittier, California. She graduated from Utah State University with a BA in Child Development and Elementary Education (with minors in music and physical sciences) and an MA in Family and Child Development. She taught early childhood courses at Scripps College (Claremont, California) and Ohio State University, and then taught kindergarten for one year in Columbus, Ohio, and 21 years at Cherry Hill Elementary School in Orem, Utah. She is married to Richard Jensen, and they are the parents of six children.

After Dorothy retired in 2014, she started to fulfill something that she had always wanted to do: play the organ in the temple. Dorothy had taken piano lessons from age six through sophomore in college, but was not a hymn player and did not know anything about playing the organ. She started taking organ lessons from Sheri Peterson in January 2015 and was accepted to play in the Provo Temple in early 2016. She really loves serving there!

Dorothy became involved in UVAGO because Sheri was chapter dean when Dorothy met her. Sheri soon had Dorothy helping with the Pipe Organ Encounter sponsored by our chapter in 2016. She is sure she learned more than the teenagers she taxied to organ lessons, concerts, organ crawls, etc. It was a new world to her, and she is enjoying the continued acquaintances and opportunities for learning.