- Are you a pianist who is interested in trying the organ?
- Are you returning to organ-playing after an absence?
- Do you wish to hone your organ-playing skills for church service or accompaniment?
Past participants have said, "I can do it!" and "I can still learn." Conquer your fears and gain confidence to play "the king of instruments."
Learn in small-group classes
Receive customized instruction for your specific level, participate in private organ instruction and supervised practice
Thursday Evening Field Trip
Join the field trip to Salt Lake City on Wednesday night for a look at local organs and the 7,667-pipe Schoenstein organ accompanying the Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearsal.
Learn from Experienced Faculty
Workshop instructors include BYU music professors, experienced teachers/organists from the area, and special guest instructors. A frequently returning instructor is Dr. Daniel Kerr, director of organ studies at BYU-Idaho. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California...
Take advantage of "early-bird" options if you arrive on Monday
Arriving the day before the workshop? Get in some early organ practice, attend the lecture by Dr. Douglas Bush, or request a private organ instruction session or placement audition.
Use the BYU Organ Lab
Try the organs in the BYU Organ Lab, designed with headphones for individual practice and study and computer stations designed to deliver organ study materials. Play on a top-notch "loaner" organ provided for the workshop by a local organ company, or try the wide array of pipe organs available in the Harris Fine Arts Center.
Approachable teachers and camaraderie
Meet with other organists who share love for music and who are excited about learning and playing the organ.
19 July, FridayLast day to register with the regular price
Late registration begins
23 July, TuesdayRegistration closes
5 August, MondayEarly-bird options
Campus housing Check-in
6 August, TuesdayProgram Check-in
BYU Organ Workshop
August 6-9, 2013
Sponsored by the BYU School of Music
Whether you use your organ skills to play for your own enjoyment, for church service, or for teaching, here’s an organ-specific workshop to help you develop or enhance your playing skills.
Dr. Daniel Kerr
Dr. Daniel Kerr directs organ studies and oversees musicianship at BYU-Idaho. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, where he studied organ with Dr. Ladd Thomas and Cherry Rhodes.
Prior to his appointment at BYU-Idaho, Dr. Kerr taught at USC and California State University, Los Angeles, was accompanist for the Claremont Chorale, musical director of the Foothill Summer Theatre, and organist and hand bell choir director at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. He has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, at the American Guild of Organists' 2004 National Convention, at the 2008 Eccles Organ Series at Salt Lake's Cathedral of the Madeline, and is a regular recitalist on the organs of Temple Square in Salt Lake City.