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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Day 1 of the BYU Organ Workshop

After registering I had some pumpkin bread and milk and now I'm sitting in the Madsen Recital Hall in anticipation of the opening session. As I looked over my preferred classes, I was very excited to see that I'll be spending my early afternoon with Linda Margetts!

My plan for today is to either attend Highlights from the History of the Organ or Playing Bach's Greatest Hits; Organ Building and Registration: Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands; practice during the lunch hour; attend the Level 4 Organ Technique and Repertoire class; Hymn Improvisation; another hour of practice; then end with Putting it all Together: Getting our Congregations to Sing.

I'm also looking forward to Lella Pomeroy's concert this evening. If you're local, you can attend the evening activities. Her concert is at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall at BYU. Tomorrow evening is the Hymn Sing with Bonnie Goodliffe and it will be amazing!

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