Organ performance emphases shared their talents with students and guests on Thursday at the annual BYU-Idaho Organ Festival. This year was the 13th year in which students performed on stage, in front of an audience, for the festival. Current students, graduates and members of the faculty contributed to the festival by each performing a piece during the recital.
“It went well,” said Tatiana Hawks, a senior studying music. “It was fun to perform. It was a fun piece. Performing is great, the program here is really good, it allows you to perform a lot which helps you be more confident, so it gives you a lot of experience.”
The festival was in honor of Dr. Darwin Wolford who was the director of organ studies. Dr. Wolford was part of the music department at Ricks College and then BYU-I for 39 years. The performers played hymns, classic music and music that was even written by Dr. Wolford, himself. The Barrus Concert Hall, in the Eliza R. Snow Center for the Performing Arts, filled with music edited, written or arranged by Dr. Wolford — he had a hand in each performance.
When asked about the recital Lynnea Aillery-Palma, a senior studying music said, “I thought they were fantastic. Today, everything went really smoothly. I’m really proud of the Organ department today.”
Along with celebrating his 39 years, the festival took place on Dr. Wolford’s 80th birthday, so the audience sang together to celebrate and wish him a happy birthday.