Organ Dedication and BYU Organ Workshop

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A newly installed organ at the Las Vegas Meadows LDS Stake Center, RN Ballantyne’s Opus 30 (II 28), provided the setting for a Dedicatory Service on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. Meadows Stake President, David Brady welcomed approximately 250 attendees to the dedicatory service featuring various organists and the 50-voice Choral Artists of Southern Nevada, under the direction of Marsha Borovicka, accompanied on the organ by Chad Myler, AGO member.

On Saturday, Feb. 23, Brigham Young University conducted an organ workshop at the same location for approximately 130 local organists. Coordinator for the workshop was Chad Myler. Instructors included Dr. Don Cook, chair of the BYU Organ Dept. and AGO National Counselor for Education. He was assisted by Nora Hess, BYU organ faculty member; Steven Wright, Dean of the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Guild of Organists; Jane Dye and Laurie Swain, local organ instructors and AGO members.

Classes in hymn playing, registration, private instruction, and repertoire were provided during the four hour workshop to participants ranging from beginner to advanced.

This new Ballantyne instrument is a marvelous addition to the many pipe organs in Las Vegas, and the largest pipe organ in an LDS chapel in Las Vegas.

From left to Right: Nora Hess, BYU Organ Faculty; Dr. Don Cook, BYU Chair Organ Dept. and AGO National Counselor for Education; Ryan Ballantyne, Organ Builder; Chad Myler, Coordinator for the Dedicatory Service and Organ Workshop; Steve Wright, Dean, SNCAGO, Work-shop Instructor; Laurie Swain, Workshop Instructor, SNCAGO Member; Jane Dye, Workshop Instructor, SNCAGO Member.

From left to Right: Nora Hess, BYU Organ Faculty; Dr. Don Cook, BYU Chair Organ Dept. and AGO National Counselor for Education; Ryan Ballantyne, Organ Builder; Chad Myler, Coordinator for the Dedicatory Service and Organ Workshop; Steve Wright, Dean, SNCAGO, Work-shop Instructor; Laurie Swain, Workshop Instructor, SNCAGO Member; Jane Dye, Workshop Instructor, SNCAGO Member.

Kevin Coney