Early Arrival Options

For conference participants who arrive on Monday, August 4, there are some pre-workshop options available prior to Monday morning. Get a head start on your week of organ instruction or get some extra help before the workshop. Maximize your time at BYU by taking advantage of these opportunities.

Important note: Except for private organ instruction, these options are available only on Monday, August 4.

  • Pre-Workshop Seminar: presented from 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall
  • Private Organ Instruction - These 25- or 50-minute private organ lessons will offer you an excellent opportunity to receive help in any area of organ playing. Play hymns or your choice of organ repertoire that you have prepared. The instructor will comment on your preparation and provide guidance for future study. The cost is $35 for 25-minute or $50 for 50-minute lessons. If you are interested in having a private lesson, email organ@byu.edu. Private instruction will be available throughout the workshop with selected instructors. (Remember that there will be several opportunities for personalized feedback from various instructors during the supervised practice sessions at no extra cost.) Please note: for information about private lessons, contact organ@byu.edu. Private lesson registration or information is NOT available through the Organ Workshop website, registration system, or the Department of Continuing Education registration staff. Email organ@byu.edu for any questions or information regarding private lessons. 
  • Organ Instruction Level Placement Auditions - Unsure about your level of organ ability? Find out by attending a 10-minute session with an instructor on Monday prior to the start of the workshop. Play a well-prepared hymn and/or a piece from the organ literature, and the instructor will recommend the organ instruction level that is most appropriate for you. The cost is $15 per appointment. Please enroll and pay for this option when you register for the workshop. You must indicate your e-mail address when you register for a placement audition, we’ll respond when our list of times is available. 
  • BYU Independent Study Played Exams - Students enrolled in Music 399R (Organ Performance) through BYU Independent Study can schedule one- or two-hour appointments for played exams. The cost is $30 per hour, payable directly to the instructor. You may e-mail don_cook@byu.edu for more information.