(Some of the books and software listed below that are helpful in developing hymn playing techniques are available from the BYU Bookstore in Provo, Utah in the music sections of either the text floor or the general book area.)


·        Easy Hymn Preludes for Organ (Free PDF download) – LDS, 1981


·        Easy Organ Hymn Settings - Cook, Don. Orem, UT: Jackman Music, 1992.

·        Essentials for Organists:  The Basic Organ Manual – Douglas Lemmon, Douglas Publishing Company

·        Hymns from the LDS Hymnal Marked for the Organ – Dean, Carol; Provo, Utah: 2003

(LDS Hymns fingered and marked for beginning organists to help develop a legato touch.) Available from Jennifer Morgan at ldsorganistblog at gmail.com


·        Hymn Studies for Organists - Belnap, Parley L. Rev. ed. American Fork, UT: Leland, 1992.


·        Interpretive Hymn Playing: A Course of Study for Latter-day Saint Organists
(CD); Hatch, Verena; Provo, Utah; 2004.  The CD is available for $3.00 from Laura Pettersson, editor.

·         Nine Hymn Studies - Croft, D. Kim. Orem, UT: Pioneer Music Press, 1986. (Bookstore)

·        OrganTutor Organ 101 - Cook, Don. Provo, UT: Brigham Young University, 2006. The CD-ROM installs the tutorial on Pentium IBM PC-compatible computers. The computer tutorial and workbook are available together or online at the BYU Bookstore (Religious Books) for $67.50 (+s/h).


·       "Resource List for Organists:  Arrangements & Accompaniments of Hymns in the LDS Hymnal"


·        The New LDS Organist – Cook, Don


·        The New LDS Organist, podcast – Cook, Don, 2007


·        Three-Stave Hymn AccompanimentsCundick, Robert and Don Cook. Order through the BYU Creative Works catalog.  Use the search words “three-stave.”



See other hymn-playing resources at the Organ Study at BYU website.





·        Organmaster– suitable for organ playing





Belnap 12-Week Organ Training Course - PDF


BYU Continuing Education/Online Organ Performance Levels 1-6, MUSIC 071-076, $150 per level, under Fine Arts and Communications


BYU Organ Study


BYU Organ Workshop


BYU Three-Session Organ Course - PDF


Free Accompaniments on LDS Hymns - PDF


Organ Fundamentals video from 1972 featuring Alexander Schreiner with Douglas E. Bush and Trudy Barnes.


Super Saturday Organ Workshop handouts

Utah Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists


Handouts from the Utah Valley AGO Chapter “Hymn Playing Survival Skills Workshop” 11/07/02:


·        Carol Dean - Basic Hymn Playing Skills

·        Ben Crandall - Fingering Techniques

·        Gayle Farnsworth - Pedal Techniques

·        Dr. Don Cook -  Registration

·        Dr. Parley Belnap - Hymn Playing Survival Skills for Pianists



Handouts from the Utah Valley AGO Chapter Super Saturday, April 28, 2007:


·        Mike Carson - “Planning, Preparing, and Playing Devotional Preludes from a Hymnal” – PDF

·        Ruth Ann Hay – “Effective and Efficient Practice”  PDF

·        David Chamberlin - “How to Encourage and Inspire Congregational Singing” – PDF



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