Asper Recital Series

Dr. Frank W. Asper Student Organ Recital Series

All organ students are welcome and encouraged to perform their student recitals on

The Wesleyan Heritage Pipe Organ

hosted by the Music Ministry at First United Methodist Church of SLC.

To schedule your recital please contact:student-organ-recital-series
Scott R. Mills,
Principal Organist

Dr. Frank W. Asper was the Director of Music at what was then known as First Methodist Episcopal Church of SLC from 1924 until 1939. He conducted a thirty-voice choir and performed short organ recitals preceding church services.

Dr. Asper was a Tabernacle organist from 1924 to 1965. During that time, he performed about 5,000 organ recitals for Temple Square visitors and played for more than 1,000 Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcasts. He played an additional 5,000 recitals in the US, Canada and London, including many dedications of new organs. He had his own weekly organ recital radio broadcast as well. Dr. Asper published many volumes of organ compositions and arrangements, wrote lyrics and composed several LDS hymns. He founded and conducted the McCune Symphony Orchestra along with a junior orchestra, teaching piano, organ and theory. At the age of 12, he played his first organ solo in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.

Dr. Asper studied in Berlin at the Sterns Conservatory and later graduated with honors from Boston’s New England Conservatory. He had additional training at Boston University, the University of Utah and the Chicago Musical College.

In 1930, Dr. Asper founded the Salt Lake Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). He was a Fellow with the AGO and was Dean of the Utah Chapter in 1937-38 and again from 1948-1951. He passed away in November of 1973 at the age of 81.

Dr. Asper’s family & FUMC are delighted to honor his legacy with this recital series.

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