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.
If you would like to request to have your name appear on the organ teacher or substitute lists, please send your credentials and contact information to gro.o1531813818gavu@1531813818retsa1531813818mbew1531813818.
Master’s degree from Brigham Young University in organ performance and pedagogy; taught several years in the BYU group organ program; studied organ with Douglas Bush, Richard Elliott, and Don Cook; teaches at BYU Organ Workshop; past dean of the Utah Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (Colleague); teaches group organ classes and private organ lessons. Will travel to students’ churches or homes to give lessons (from Draper to Santaquin). Students from further away would need to come to Provo for lessons. Has prepared a hymnal–Hymns from the LDS Hymnal Marked for the Organ–with fingering, pedaling, ties, and common tones–all marked to assist a pianist in understanding how to play the hymns more correctly on the organ. To order a copy of this hymnal or arrange for organ lessons, please contact Carol directly.
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.