Private instruction by a well-qualified organ teacher is a time-honored approach that has many benefits. The individual accountability provides motivation to practice regularly. The instructor can focus on the particular needs of the student. Also, the interactions and friendships between teacher and student can enrich the lives of both. Please contact the following teachers directly to inquire about their services.
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BMus (BYU) and MMus (Eastman School of Music) degrees in organ performance. Organist at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Salt Lake City, since 1987. Pipe organ builder/designer with M. L. Bigelow & Co., Inc., American Fork, since 1985. Composer and publisher of LDS Hymn Voluntaries. Presenter at BYU Organ Workshops. Lifelong familiarity with LDS organ playing. “I love to help my students with creative and effective hymn playing and making all kinds of organ music come to life.”
Nora Hess has studied both piano and organ at BYU. She is a successful piano teacher of 40 years and has taught organ since 2013 to groups and private students. All ages and levels are welcome to contact her.
BM and MM in Organ Performance from Brigham Young University. Studied with Don Cook, Doug Bush, Carol Miles, and Brian Mathias. Adjunct organ faculty at BYU. Served two terms as dean of the Utah Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) and as a member of the Regional Nominating Committee. Earned the Colleague Certification (CAGO) with the AGO. Presenter at numerous workshops, including the annual BYU Organ Workshop. Member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), as well as a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). Wide variety of interest in various styles of organ music. Lifelong experience with LDS organ playing. Organist for the Seventh Day Adventist Church and past organist for St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Provo, Utah. Performed with the BYU symphony and various choirs, performed numerous recitals, was a soloist for BYU Devotional, and performed a concert for the West Region American Guild of Organists Convention. Teaches group classes and private lessons to children, youth, and adults. Teaches in Utah and Salt Lake counties. She delights in working with individuals and helping them achieve their goals.
Ruth Eldredge Thomas (BM Organ Performance, BYU: MM Organ Performance, BYU, Master of Studies, Musicology, University of Oxford, UK). Ruth is an active organist, historian, and teacher. She studied with Douglas Bush and Don Cook at BYU, and with Nicolas Kynaston and Edward Higginbottom at Oxford University, where she was assistant organist to the New College Choir. Previous to taking her degree, she was a visiting student at King’s College, Cambridge University, where she studied organ with Daniel Hyde, currently the director of Music at King’s College. She has held weekly organ positions for over twelve years, including director of music for the Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy, St Mary’s Episcopal in Provo, Utah, and for the Baltimore Catholic Archdiocese, in addition to multiple LDS congregations. She has accompanied for the BYU Philharmonic, BYU Singers, Goucher College Choral Department (Baltimore, MD), and multiple professional and community-based choirs. She is general editor of the Complete Works of Hubert Parry, which will be published by Wayne Leupold Press in 2018, and contributed to the New LDS Organist podcast.
Ruth’s has taught over 300 organ and piano students in the past 20 years, ranging in age from eight to eighty, and from beginners to advanced and pre-professional levels. She has been an adjudicator for local and regional and piano competitions. She teaches primarily from her home studio in Provo, where students benefit from the use of a pipe organ and concert grand piano, though makes a practice of regularly visiting students on their “home” instruments as well.