Classes are designed for organists at a range of levels or on certain levels of training. Participants should place themselves into one of the levels listed at the beginning of the Class Descriptions. Beginning organists are encouraged to attend those classes marked with an asterisk (*) on the Daily Schedule. If you are unsure of your level, please consider registering for an Instruction Placement Audition on the Monday before the workshop. If you are a first-timer, it is also very helpful to attend the 10:00 a.m. class on Tuesday, August 1, in the Madsen Recital Hall.
Because the BYU Organ Workshop is well attended and there are other conferences and workshops happening at the same time, the BYU Traffic Office will not be granting permits to park in any of the lots near the Harris Fine Arts Center. Summer term at BYU is still in session, employees are still working, and parking in central campus will not be available. Free parking is available in Lot 20, west of the BYU Conference Center. Participants staying in campus housing are encouraged to park in the “C” lots adjoining the residence halls.
For the evening recitals on Tuesday, August 1, and Thursday, August 3, you may park in Lot 2 east of the Museum of Art.
Between Tuesday and Friday, we will provide van shuttles between the Conference Center and the Harris Fine Arts Center. Vans will pick up and drop off passengers at two locations: 1- Next to the south lower entrance of the BYU Conference Center; 2- Parking lot east of the HFAC and north of the Wilkinson Student Center. Vans will run continuously during peak times and will be on call the rest of the day. The van driver’s cell phone number will be given out closer to the start of the workshop. Shuttles will not operate on Monday. It takes approximately 10 minutes to walk from the Conference Center parking lot to the Harris Fine Arts Center.
Please sign up and pay for these options upon registration. There are two options—$27 for a 25-minute private lesson and $42 for a 50-minute private lesson. When instructors and rooms have been decided, you will receive an e-mail to enable you to select the day/time/hour/organ you would like. Please sign up early as private instruction sign-ups will be limited during the workshop.
During Supervised Practice, you may practice on any of the 12 electronic organs in the organ lab. This is an excellent time for hands-on training. You might also consider bringing a copy of the stoplist of your organ to Supervised Practice and Study to get a few registration tips from the instructor. Four of the organs are reserved for these ten-minute supervised practice sessions. The other eight organs are open for practice or computer study without supervision on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no extra cost for this.
Private Organ Instruction sessions are one-on-one organ lessons with your choice of both instructor and organ—an excellent opportunity to receive help in hymn playing, organ pieces, BYU Independent Study organ course requirements, or any area of organ performance. Play hymns and/or organ repertoire that you have prepared for the instructor, who will comment on your preparation and provide guidance for further study. You must preregister for this. There are 25-minute appointments ($27) or 50-minute appointments ($42) with the instructor on the instrument of your choice (space limited). Limited practice time and choice of instruments are available throughout the workshop.
Beginning Tuesday morning, August 1, we will have sign-up sheets on the whiteboards near the registration desk. You can sign up for time in a practice room. We also have a 12-station organ lab that is available when classes are not held there. Players practice with headphones.
We will have a small exhibit area with limited open times during the workshop. We stock organs, sheet music, books, and other organ instruction-related items. Check the flyer in your packet for specific open hours.
We recommend that younger organists register for the Young Musicians’ SummerFestival and Institute, held June 14–24. This is a program for instrumentalists and vocalists ages 14–18. Participants are able to be with their own age group and enjoy top-notch musical instruction (including on the organ—small-group instruction), along with evening social events with their peers.
The BYU Organ Workshop is open to women and men age 18 and older. Younger, serious organ students may be admitted on an exception basis and with special permission provided they are not residing on campus. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a Parental Release Form prior to registering. Minor youth will not be allowed to participate in the instruction placement audition held Monday, July 31st or in any of the private instruction sessions.
BYU Independent Study offers a six-level Certificate Program in Music (MUSIC 399R, sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6) that is designed to provide motivation for organists to improve their skills by working toward specific goals. The courses emphasize the following skills: organ technique, organ literature, hymn playing, registration, music theory, sight-reading, and choir accompaniment.
After choosing your level, you have up to one year from the time of enrollment to pass the assignments and exams. You will progress through the course requirements with the help of a qualified organ instructor (finding the instructor and paying the instructor's fees are your responsibilities). Upon passing one level, you may enroll for the next level. The cost is $178 per credit and sections range from 2 to 5 credits.
Assignments are graded either by the BYU instructor assigned to your course or by computer. The exams are of two types: (1) written exams on theory, registration, etc., and (2) performance exams with a member of the BYU organ faculty, with an approved examiner or, in some cases, by video tape. Helpful feedback is provided for all assignments and exams.
Independent Study also the following free courses:
Many classes are hands-on and require full attention. Infants and young children will not be admitted to any workshop sessions.
A list of eating areas will be included In the packet you receive at check-in (Monday, 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM and Tuesday from 8:00 AM on). There are also vending machines and a microwave in the basement of the Harris Fine Arts Center.
Before the bus trip, you will be assinged a bus to ride to Salt Lake City based on which part of the tour you will be participating in first. You will be able to see which bus you're on by Wednesday morning. When you arrive in Salt Lake City, the bus will drop you off near a number of local resturaunts. Just make sure you time your dinner so you can get back to your bus on time.
We are always happy to receive input for improvement. We read every submission and will implement those ideas that would improve the workshop and are feasible. Be sure to complete the workshop evaluation form found in your packet. Please turn it in at the info desk prior to leaving on Friday.
Please put your request in writing and send it to Organ Workshop Refunds, 161 Harman Continuing Education Building, Provo, UT 84602, or fax a letter to 801-422-0730. Make sure you state your name and what options you were registered for. After the deadline, each situation will be considered individually, depending on the case and the reason for the refund request. Only in exceptional cases will the $50 cancellation fee be waived.