About the Lecture
Alexander Schreiner, one of the most celebrated organists of the twentieth century, was first called at eight years old to be the organist for his congregation in Germany. After moving to the United States, Schreiner toured 44 states, including California, performing as an organist at UCLA. In 1939, Heber J. Grant requested that he return to Salt Lake City, where he was listed by the Musical American Radio polls among the top artists in the nation seven times. He also presided at the Tabernacle organ for more than 50 years.
With his contribution to nine songs in the Latter-day Saint hymnbook, this is said of Schreiner in The History of Hymns:
“Alexander Schreiner was acknowledged as one of the mightiest organists of his day, mighty in power, amazing in technique, yet sensitive in rendition and interpretation.”
Schreiner’s profound influence over music in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reached far beyond the generations of organists he inspired.
Dr. Daniel F. Berghout, composer, organist, and teacher, is the founder and owner of WardOrganist.com (a division of OrganMusicDownloads.com). A native of Ogden, Utah, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Weber State University as well as a master of music degree from Brigham Young University. Dr. Berghout received his doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance from the University of Kansas, where his landmark doctoral dissertation, “Alexander Schreiner,” was awarded honors. Dr. Berghout has performed regularly as a guest organist at the Tabernacle since 1992.
This event was part of the 2014 Men and Women of Faith lecture series sponsored by the Church History Library. Lectures are held on the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, 50 North West Temple Street.