Let me make this clear: the organ is my instrument. That being said, I respectfully (and sometimes begrudgingly) acknowledge that other musical genres exist. One of my favorites is the male chorus. The sound of men singing together can be subtle, powerful, and inspirational. As a lover of church history, I value the early converts… Read More Jesus, Once of Humble Birth (Male Chorus)
On March 3rd and 4th of this year, the San Jose South Stake hosted a BYU organ workshop. I wrote this free accompaniment for the workshop, which was sung at the concert held on March 3rd. Unfortunately, no recording of the concert was made, so you will need to listen to this one on your own.… Read More Let Us All Press On
For those of you living near San Jose, California, I’m pleased to announce the San Jose, California 2017 BYU Organ Workshop, which will be March 3rd and 4th, 2017. We will begin with a concert and hymn sing on March 3rd. Come and listen to BYU faculty and talented local organists perform! Also come prepared… Read More 2017 San Jose BYU Organ Workshop
I try to write my compositions for the beginning to intermediate LDS organist. There are many of these good people out there: people with love for the Savior in their hearts and a desire to use their talents for good. They may never be famous, but their influence is immense. Brother James’ Air is a simple… Read More Brother James’ Air
I have a question for you: Have you received his image in your playing? With this question, paraphrased from the prophet Alma, lies the greatest challenge that faces a Latter-day Saint organist. While we have to be good at what we do, the greater challenge is to do good. As church musicians and especially as… Read More Have We Received His Image In Our Playing?
About six years ago my bishop asked to meet with me. As part of the conversation, he delivered news I never wanted to hear: I had been called as a Scoutmaster. As a youth, I hated(!) Scouting. Words cannot express my extreme dislike of camping (especially in the snow), tying knots and eating what can… Read More The Church Calling I Never Wanted (or, what is a CAGO?)
I have a confession to make: I’m bad at practicing the organ. However, that’s an improvement. In the past, I’d say that I was horrible at it, or even worse. I have told my students that my first organ teacher will be receiving an extra wing on his mansion on high as a reward for… Read More Confessions of a Reforming Organ Student