Meet the Members

Welcome to SALSA (Society of Awesome Latter-day Saint Accompanists).
Some of us are extra-mild and some of us are really hot. But each one of us adds a unique flavor as we lead our congregations in worship through music.
Should you be on this page? Just go to the Questionnaire page and let us know who you are. We’ll be happy to welcome you to our awesome society!
btw If you accepted the call to sit on that organ bench, you are awesome!  If you think you’re not, please see The Calling.

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Getting Acquainted

get to know some awesome ward organists throughout the world
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Allen Blodgett—Wisconsin

Allen Blodgett’s easy humor and unapologetic dislikes are like a breath of fresh air read more . . .

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Blaine Olson—Utah

Claims to be born in the state of confusion. An awesome stake music instructor. His favorite color is Rainbow read more . . .

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Daniel Harral—Utah

Former student at Utah State. New to the organ. Now serving a mission read more . . .

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Dorothy Benson Jensen—Idaho

Memories of Junior Sunday School, love for her sister and some of the challenges of playing prelude music read more . . .

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Erin Jensen—Idaho

Served a mission in Germany. Mom of six who campaigned to be called as a ward organist read more . . .

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Florence Hawkinson—Utah

Creator of Pedal Points. Enjoys Bach. Loves fog  read more . . .

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Jack Stoneman—Utah

Japanese Literature instructor at BYU. Loves the way the Spirit always accompanies his organ playing read more . . .

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Janet Ollman Blackmer—Utah

A naturopathic doctor and massage therapist. Has played the Salt Lake Tabernacle organ  read more . . .

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Jennifer—Utah

Mom of six girls. Created an “Organ Lesson” blog for the LDS Organist read more . . .

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Jenny Witt—Colorado

Also plays viola and violin. Loves to read, travel, and play games of all kinds read more . . .

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Joan Runs Through—Utah

Her gift of music has served her well—from building confidence in her early youth to providing a much needed healing power through the challenges of her adult life read more . . .

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John—Ohio

Enjoys computer gaming and photography. Started organ as a youngster by imitating George Wright and Leon Berry read more . . .

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Lori Weiss—Utah

A piano teacher from Orem shares some of her more memorable experiences as ward organist. Be warned—restless children and barfing involved! read more . . .

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Mark Nichols—California

Writes LDS Organ Player blog. Enjoys ‘spicing up’ the hymns read more . . .

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Mike Nield—Idaho

A self-described late-blooming organist who has worked his way from piano-player-at-the-organ up to almost-mediocre-organist! read more . . .

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Skylie—Utah

Young, talented and enthusiastic about the organ. Likes to play loud, creepy music on the organ at Halloween read more . . .

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Susan Blackham—Tennessee

One of five ward organists. Enjoys hiking, long-distance biking and other fun stuff read more . . .

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Victoria Taylor—Kentucky

A BYU graduate, former student of John Longhurst, and loves the majesty of Bach read more . . .

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