Click Here for the class schedule

Saturday, September 17th, 2016 9-1:00 p.m.

Presenter Profiles In Building #1

Who Should Attend These Classes:

Stake & Ward Music Chairs and Priesthood Leadership Over Music

Address of Building #1: 1954 East Antelope Dr, Layton (Click here for map)

Jerold Ottley

Keynote Speaker

Jerold Ottley was appointed to the music faculty at the University of Utah, after his doctoral study at the University of Oregon (DMA), where he taught until called as associate conductor of the Tabernacle Choir in June 1974.  He was appointed Music Director of the Tabernacle Choir in April 1975.  There he served until his retirement in January 2000.  During most of that time his wife, JoAnn, served voluntarily as the vocal coach of the Choir.  Under the direction of his successor, Craig Jessop, Jerry and JoAnn established, administered and taught in the first editions of the Tabernacle Choir Training School.  His “retirement” life has included stints on two stake high councils, a term as a bishop, (and with his wife) a three-year administrative and teaching assignment at BYU-Hawaii. Yes, there is life after Tabernacle Choir!    

W. Herbert Klopfer

Policies, Procedures & Guidelines


Prophets Teach the Doctrine of Sacred Music


Worthy Music in Sacrament Meetings

W. Herbert Klopfer has served as a member of the General Music Committee since 1983.  His current assignments include coordinating music at Church headquarters, providing music support for worldwide stake conference broadcasts, recording hymns and children’s songs for digital organs and pianos used worldwide, and recording background music played in temples of the Church.  

Herbert is an organist, pianist, and composer.  He has arranged many organ solo recital pieces.  He and his wife, Carolyn Hamilton Klopfer, wrote hymn #298, “Home Can Be a Heaven on Earth.”  

Michael Ferguson

Opening Session Choir Director

Michael Ferguson is an accomplished musician and software engineer. After completing a full-time mission in Munich, Germany, he married his high school sweetheart, Amy Galbraith (also an accomplished musician), with whom he is currently raising four beautiful children. He attended Weber State University and participated in the Jazz and Choral Performance departments while studying to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. During this time he often performed with local folk/rock bands such as Colors, Peter Breinholt, and others, in order to support his new family. After graduating from WSU Michael took at job at L-3 Communications where he currently works as Chief Software Engineer. Michael has served in many callings in the Church, often in a musical capacity, such as Ward and Stake Choirs, which he dearly loves, and currently serves as the ward and stake organist while he continues to hope for his dream calling, Primary Pianist.

Rene Cates 

Saving Time & Funds With a Stake Music Library


Rene Cates loves music! She began singing at various functions at the age of 11, and has participated in many choirs, and church plays. She was the first stake music librarian in her Layton Stake, and held the calling for three years. She enjoyed working with each of the choir and music directors and assisting them in finding the perfect music to invite the spirit to the meetings.  Through this calling, she was also able to see the great cost effectiveness of having a stake library that would help wards and stakes to streamline their needs by having a stake library. Rene has taught this class frequently at our previous workshops and has been a great contributor in helping wards and stakes to improve organization, help with specific needs and save money.

She recently attended BYU-Idaho pathway program, completing the program in December 2015.   I studied Math, English, Writing, the teachings of modern day prophets and the Book of Mormon.

Presenter Profiles In Building #2

Who Should Attend These Classes:

Primary Music Leaders & Presidency

2025 East Antelope Dr., Layton (Click here for map)

Pat Graham

Teaching Children Through Music


Stories of The Primary Songs

Pat Kelsey Graham graduated from BYU in commercial art and elementary education, and earned a master's of education at the U of U.  She originated and wrote the Sharing Time page for The Friend Magazine for seven years and served as General Primary Music Chairman of the Children's Songbook committee.  She composed "I Am Like a Star," "Picture a Christmas," "The Nativity Song," "The Hearts of the Children," and "We Are Different."  She has taught public school, Kindermusik, Church Music Workshops and piano students for 54 years.  She and her husband Bob have six wonderful children, twenty-two grandchildren, and three great-grands who call her "Grandma Music."

Janette Bischoff

Simple Voice and Conducting

Helps for Primary Music Leaders

Janette Bischoff sang her way through college on a vocal scholarship and graduated from Weber State University with a BS Degree in Elementary Education and a Music Minor, which was the perfect combination for starting her own Children’s Choir business called Kids are Music and Dance. Janette has taught in the public schools, Kindermusik, church and community music workshops, and private lessons for 42 years. She has just completed her 35th highly successful year of teaching music to literally thousands of students from all over northern Utah. Her choirs have been invited to sing all over the United States. She has also traveled abroad with her teenage choir, Choral Edition, to such amazing places as China, Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Austria and France. She is a member of UMEA and ACDA. She had the honor of directing one of the choirs for the Ogden Temple Dedication. Some of her church callings have included Stake Music Chairman, Stake Primary Director and past Stake Primary President. She and her husband Mark are the parents of 5 musical children and have 9 singing grandchildren (so far ; ).

Presenter Profiles In Building #3

Who Should Attend These Classes:

Choral, Conducting, Organ, & Accompanying Callings

2250 E 2200 N., Layton Click here for map

Jean Applonie

Intermediate Choral Conducting

Jean S. Applonie received her bachelor’s degree in choral music education and master’s degree in choral music performance from Brigham Young University. Upon completion of her degree, Ms. Applonie was granted a one-year appointment to serve on the full-time faculty for the BYU School of Music. She taught choral music for Davis and Murray School Districts and has served on the music faculty at The Waterford School.  She also operated a private voice studio for ten years in Salt Lake City.  Currently a faculty member at BYU, Ms. Applonie directs the prestigious BYU Women’s Chorus and has taught courses in music education and conducting.  She is well known as a presenter at state conventions and is often invited to impart her extensive choral knowledge at professional seminars and workshops.  Ms. Applonie was also co-founder, artistic director, and conductor of Viva Voce! Women’s Choir in Salt Lake City from 1994-2008.


Nancy Hansen

Intermediate Choral Techniques

Nancy Treu Hansen, has a degree in vocal performance and pedagogy from Utah State University. She has soloed with the Utah Symphony, Denver Symphony, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The BC Symphony Orchestra, The PACE Symphony Orchestra, Utah Opera, UFOC and was a finalist for the national Metropolitan Opera Auditions. She has worked as adjunct voice faculty for USU, and also for DU and was a guest conductor and presenter for Colorado HS state choir association, DEMTA, and Ponderosa All State choirs. Nancy recently moved back to Utah and resides in Kaysville with her very patient and wonderful husband, Scott and her 9 amazing children. 

Kim Moody

Intermediate Organ Techniques

Kimberly Moody received her Bachelor and Master’s degree in Organ Performance and Pedagogy from Brigham Young University, studying under Dr. Parley Belnap and Dr. Don Cook.  During the spring of 1997, she received first runner-up in the national MTNA organ competition in Dallas, Texas.  Currently she performs as a Tabernacle guest organist in Salt Lake City.  As a mother of five children Kimberly stays active performing and teaching private and group lessons.  She has a small studio of organ and piano students and has taught group organ at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah.  Kimberly was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, California, and is the daughter of Elmo and Betty Keller.  She and her husband, Jonathan, reside in Kaysville, Utah with their five children, Michael(18), Makayla(16), Megan(12),Wyatt (10), and  Hannah (5).

Kurt Olson

Intermediate Organ Techniques

Jointly taught with Kim Moody

Kurt Olsen is a 13-year resident of Kaysville who has been involved in a wide variety of music pursuits his entire life. He began studying piano at the age of 6, and was a piano performance major at Utah State University under Gary Amano. He studied the organ with Dr. James Drake, and has had the opportunity to play some magnificent pipe organs, including the Tabernacle Organ, the Conference Center organ, the Washington National Cathedral organ in D.C., the Sydney Australia Opera House organ, the Montserrat Spain Basilica organ, and the organ at the Almudena National Cathedral in Madrid. He has served as ward or stake organist for many years, and has conducted many organ workshops and classes in the past, including previous Layton Regional Music Workshops. He and his wife Nanci are the parents of five wonderful children, and he is very excited to be part of this year’s Utah Regional Music Workshop!

Shawna Gottfredson

Intermediate Vocal Techniques

Shawna Gottfredson studied Vocal Pedagogy and Vocal Performance at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, and received a B.M.A, summa cum laude, in May of 2001. She completed a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Utah in May 2003. She was the Graduate Assistant for the Opera Workshop program at the University of Utah from 2001-2003, where she also taught related courses. She taught as an adjunct Professor on the voice faculty at the University of Utah School of Music, University of Utah Musical Theater Department, and The Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts. She currently runs a successful private studio which has been established for over 30 years. She served as a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for 14 years and was a featured soloist with them on several occasions. She is a published author with Classical Singer Magazine and has also been affiliated with their professional division program for their annual convention. She is a past President of the Utah Northern Chapter of NATS, and has served as past Chairman for the Vocal Festival for the National Federation of Music-Utah Chapter.

Jackie Ward

Accompanying Techniques

Jackie Tomlinson Ward holds a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Utah.  While at the University, she was a recipient of numerous awards and scholarships.  She taught in the Piano Preparatory School as well as the Outreach program.  She has been a soloist with the Salt Lake Symphony and performed many recitals.

She has been an active accompanist for over 25 years.  She started out at a young age playing for her sister’s violin and clarinet solos.  She then played regularly in church and at the age of 15 was called to be the ward choir accompanist.  Since then she has accompanied professionally for vocal and instrumental studios, high school choirs, community choirs, musical theatre, festivals and competitions.  She also regularly accompanies for church choirs and musical numbers.  She maintains a private piano studio and loves to participate in local theatres and choirs.  She has four beautiful children and a loving, supportive husband who mean the world to her. She loves to share her testimony of the Savior through music.

Presenter Profiles In Building #4

Who Should Attend These Classes:

All Youth Ages 12-18 - Inspired Music Classes & Instruction

2680 East Cherry Lane, Layton - Click here for map

Dallyn V. Bayles

 Youth Fireside Special Guest

Dallyn Vail Bayles is a professional actor, singer and recording artist.  Bro. Bayles has  performed in Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera, and Les Misérables.  He portrays Hyrum Smith in the films Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration, and Emma Smith.

Bro. Bayles was honored to perform as a soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at President Monson’s 85th birthday celebration, and has also performed with the choir on several Music and the Spoken Word broadcasts and with the Utah Symphony in the Deer Valley Concert Series.  

Bro. Bayles has also worked as a full-time seminary teacher, and as adjunct faculty at BYU in the School of Music and Department of Theatre.  He served as a missionary in the Australia Melbourne Mission.  Bro. Bayles and his wife, Rachel, were sealed in the Mount Timpanogos Temple and are the proud parents of 5 children.

Abby Stephens

Rejoice in Your Journey and

Keep Singing

Abby Stephens was raised in Cokeville, Wyoming, where she attended high school and was very physically active, but her greatest love was always music. She played the flute, piano, and taught herself to play the bass guitar for the jazz band. She was in the choir, show choir, and all of the musical theater productions. She loved to sing and dance!

She then attended BYU, where she planned to receive her BFA degree in Musical Dance Theater, but at the age of 23, her plans changed dramatically.  One week before her wedding, she was in a car accident that left her paralyzed from the neck down.  Doctors said she would never walk again, but with unwavering faith, determination, and a positive attitude, she was able to walk just 3 months later!  She has been sharing her story for nearly 20 years as an inspirational speaker, singer, and humorist, inspiring others to get up and dance again and find a way to laugh through life’s toughest moments!

She is currently writing a book about her life, and her first Christmas album was released last fall, which is literally a life-long DREAM come true! Abby and her husband, Cole, live in Kaysville, UT, and have 4 amazing children, including twins! But that’s another story...

Jaron Packer

“Step Out of the Boat and Walk”

Using Sacred Music to Bring All Unto Christ

Jaron Packer in 2008 received his Music Education degree from WSU with emphasis in both instrumental and choral. He was a public school music teacher in Idaho for 5 years, instructing in Band, Choir, Guitar, Strings, and Drama. While teaching in Idaho Jaron wrote and directed his own full length stage musical. He is a self-proclaimed composer and arranger. In 2013 he left his dream career as a music educator, to pursue another dream as a seminary teacher for the LDS church. He has hopes and aspirations to someday direct an institute choir.  In addition to being a vocalist, Jaron proficiently plays the cello, piano, guitar, and nose flute. :) Jaron currently resides in Syracuse and continues to teach music privately from his home, and is currently working on co-writing another musical to be presented in spring of 2020.

Evan Moss

      Youth Choir Director for

Youth Fireside

Evan Moss was raised in Tucson, Arizona before moving to Utah for college where he has stayed ever since. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Secondary Music Education and sang in the wonderful choral ensembles under the direction of Rosalind Hall and Ronald Staheli. Since graduating in 2012, Evan has taught choir at Riverview Junior High School in the Murray School District. In addition to his time as a choral musician, Evan credits a lot of his practice and rehearsal style to his time spent as a brass player in band and performance pianist. He has performed recently in choral ensembles around Salt Lake and Utah Valleys such as the Deseret Chamber Singers, Consortium Ensemble, the Saltaires Barbershop Chorus, and the Lux Singers. He is beginning his first year as the director of the Young Choral Artists, a youth choir associated with the Salt Lake Choral Artists.

Aimee Geddes

Youth Vocal Techniques for Sacrament & Other Church Events

Aimee Geddes has been teaching vocal technique since 2003. She is an accredited member of International Voice Teachers of Mix (IVTOM) and has also served as a board member of IVTOM since 2012. Although she specializes in working with teenagers and musical theater performers, her students range in ages from 8-50 and sing all vocal styles. She has been performing for over 20 years and is a dedicated teacher. She enjoys helping students overcome vocal challenges so they are better prepared to have successful auditions. Some of the recent roles her students have played include:  Sarah Brown and Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Janet, Robert and Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone, Annie in Annie, Nala and Rafiki in Lion King Jr., Kira and Sonny Malone in Xanadu,  etc. While her stylistic focus is often on musical theatre, teaching mix technique allows her to teach healthy vocal production that is applicable to all styles of music. Due to her effective training methods and their hard work, many of Aimee's students have achieved success in other areas such as: writing/recording their own pop songs, winning vocal contests and performing on the Church's For Strength of Youth album. She had the pleasure of directing her stake youth choir for the Shine the Light Ogden Temple Celebration in 2014. She currently serves as the primary pianist in her ward and enjoys listening to the sweet voices of the children in the primary.