Renee Gastelum, Sophomore Recital, Friday, May 28, 7:30 p.m., Madsen Recital Hall, HFAC
At the February 26, 2021, Zoom workshop, Heidi Rodeback, Jack Stoneman, and Mike Carson discussed methods for embellishing hymns. Specifically: how to embellish a sacrament hymn, how to find and use a last-verse harmonization, and how to solo out the melody.
LINK to Zoom meeting, Passcode: 9HxH7gR%
The five accomplished Tabernacle and Temple Square organists, Richard Elliott, Andrew Unsworth, Brian Mathias, Linda Margetts, and Joseph Peeples, plus occasional guest organists, are featured in a new online concert stream:
This is a new monthly offering of nine different topics of interest to early-level church organists, including those serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All events are free of charge and available to pianists and organists in any location.
Each month will include a 2-part series:
- a live presentation on the given topic
- and a live masterclass that follows up on the topic discussed in the presentation.
The live presentations will take place on the first Thursday of each month, followed by the mid-monthly masterclasses (reinforcing the same topic) on the third Thursday of the month, both from 7-9 pm Mountain Time. Previous sessions may be viewed online. Contact Sharee Thompson at for assistance in finding the recorded sessions.
Learn more by clicking the button below to enroll for the sessions of interest. We hope to see you at many, if not all of the training sessions!
Dr. Don Cook
Joseph Peeples was recently appointed as a new organist at Temple Square. He will join organists Richard Elliott, Andrew Unsworth, Brian Mathias, Bonnie Goodliffe, and Linda Margetts in performing organ recitals and playing broadcasts and performances with The Tabernacle Choir.
“We warmly welcome Joseph to the organ staff and look forward to his musical contributions on Temple Square,” Elliott, the principal Tabernacle organist, said in a press release.
Peeples is well-prepared for his appointment. He earned his master’s degree in organ performance from Brigham Young University where he studied with Dr. Don Cook and Dr. Douglas Bush. He then earned his doctorate from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he also studied organ.
Since then he was the organist at the Speedway Christian Church in Indiana and the university organist at California Lutheran University, where he taught applied organ, keyboard harmony, and music appreciation. At the time of his new appointment he was serving as organist for the First United Methodist Church in Santa Barbara. He has also taught a variety of music courses at Pepperdine University, Indiana University, and Brigham Young University.
He will begin his duties at Temple Square in June.
Joseph Peeples plays in the Ludlum Recital Series at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Charleston, South Carolina, on April 9, 2016.
Three Chorale Preludes from the “Leipzig 18” —— Johann Sebastian Bach
Fantasia super “Komm, Heiliger Geist”, BWV 651
Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654
Nun danket Alle Gott, BWV 657
Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543 —— Johann Sebastian Bach
Levente Medveczky served as Cathedral Organ Scholar from December 2015 until August 2017 and was a dear friend of many of us at the Cathedral. He passed away on 24 February 2019, just over a week after he turned 28.
A Memorial Service for Levente will be held in the Cathedral of the Madeleine on Tuesday 9 April 2019 at 7:30 PM. Some of his teachers, friends and colleagues will share memories and pay tribute to Levente through performances of organ music.
The public is cordially invited to attend.
The new 2019 updated eBook edition of a “Resource List for Organists: Arrangements & Accompaniments of Hymns in the LDS Hymnal” is now available
Compiled by DeeAnn D. Stone
On March 17, 1999, the website Resources for LDS Organists was launched by DeeAnn Stone. The site’s purpose was to be a place where organists could find help in planning their music for church services, using a list posted there of available hymn arrangements and accompaniments that DeeAnn began to compile in 1993. The site now has many more resources and helps added to it.
To observe the website’s 20th anniversary, DeeAnn has made extensive revisions, additions, corrections, and updates to the booklet she offers at the website called a “Resource List for Organists: Arrangements and Accompaniments for Hymns in the LDS Hymnal.” What started out as a 20-page booklet in 1993 has now become a whopping 459-page eBook, with hundreds of new titles of hymn arrangements and accompaniments. Each title is linked to the publisher or distributor of the books the titles are found in, plus there are internal links to help navigate the eBook.
The PDF eBook can be purchased at Resources for LDS Organists for $25. There are three other purchasing options, too, if organists don’t want to buy the entire eBook. (A hard copy isn’t available, however, because of the length of the eBook, making it too expensive to print off and mail, which would cost at least $50-$70 per copy.)
While at Resources for LDS Organists, be sure to check out the new links to very informative videos created by the National AGO to aid new organists in learning how to play the organ, as well as other helpful and interesting videos from other sources. There’s also other information at the website that would help organ students and new ward organists (and there are even helps for Primary Music Directors). Enjoy!
Levente Medveczky (1991-2019) passed from this life on Sunday, February 24, 2019, just eight days after his 28th birthday, from an aggressive form of colon cancer. He will be remembered as a gentle giant, a masterful organist, and a friend to all, who gave the greatest, most loving and healing bear hugs! He will be greatly missed by his many friends and family and especially by his fiancée, Hannah.
Levente had a bright and promising future in the organ world. At the time of his death, he was a master’s candidate on a Jerome L. Greene Scholarship at Juilliard, studying with Paul Jacobs. Originally from Budapest, Hungary, he received his early training in the studio of Zsuzsa Elekes at the Béla Bartók Conservatory. In 2017 he received a bachelor’s degree in organ studies at Brigham Young University, under the supervision of Dr. Don Cook. With a love for sacred music, Levente served as an organ scholar at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City and then as interim director of music at the Church of Incarnation in New York City until the time of his illness.
- Concepts and Techniques for Effective Practice
- Emergency Preparedness for Pianists Who Have Had No Organ Training
- A List of Some of Parley’s Favorite Compositions
- Hymn Playing in the Sustained Style
- An Interview with Parley Belnap by James Welch
- Warm-up and Cool-down Exercises for Playing an Instrument
- What I Have Learned about Effective Teaching
Composed to play in Salt Lake Tabernacle Organ recitals
Composed to play in Salt Lake Tabernacle Organ recitals
“Be Still, My Soul”
Arranged for a young student to play as a solo in church who could not reach the organ pedals
Two Children’s Hymns (“Keep the Commandments” and “Love One Another”)
Arranged for a beginning student to play as solo in church
- Praise to the Man
- The Star-Spangled Banner
- Called to Serve (verse)
- Come, Rejoice (4-part hymn style)
- Let Us Oft Speak Kind Words (verse)
- Angels We Have Heard on High (trio style)
- Silent Night (trio style)
- Joy to the World (trio style)
- Away in a Manger (pedal on 3rd staff)
- Christ the Lord Is Risen Today (modulation from C to D)
- Love at Home
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 THE NEW ORGANIST. The series of 30 videos is scripted by Hohman, with oversight and input from Dr. Don Cook, the current Councillor for Education at AGO, and by Dr. Sharon Hettinger, the current Director of AGO’s CCPE. The series offers a graded series of lessons, where Hohman is seen in a variety of contrasting venues throughout Michigan and Indiana, with spaces ranging from small to large, and with organs of several types of design. The entire 30-lesson series, which was completed in April 2017, may be seen on the AGO’s YouTube Channel.