2018-2020 Executive Officers

 

Chapter Dean: Lori Serr, BM, CAGO, NCTM

Lori Serr (pronounced “sear”) is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) in both piano and organ and has taught both instruments for several years. She has also achieved the Colleague Certification through the American Guild of Organists (CAGO) and a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from Brigham Young University. She has served as the Education Coordinator and chairman of the Super Saturday Training for Church Organists in the UVAGO. She frequently teaches organ training workshops for local units of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. An active member of the UMTA, Lori serves on the state board as the State Certification Chairman and as the certification chairman for the Nebo Chapter, where she teaches and mentors study groups for teachers working towards certification. Lori and her husband Casey live in Mapleton. They are the parents of four children and eight grandchildren.

Sub-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.

 

Registrar/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.