About Valerie

Valerie Harris has performed on many notable historic organs in Europe and the U.S. She performs as a guest recitalist at the historic organ at the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. She is a frequent demonstrator of the historic 1859 Robjohn organ at the Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale, AZ. She has given many national and regional workshops and presentations; she serves on the faculty of the BYU Organ Workshops Program.

Education: She holds a Doctoral of Musical Arts Degree in Organ Performance from Arizona State University, where she studied with Kimberly Marshall. She holds a Master of Music in Organ Performance from Shenandoah University in Virginia and a Bachelor of Music degree in piano pedagogy from Brigham Young University.  She has done post-graduate historical organ performance study in Europe with Pieter Dirksen, Hans Davidsson, Luc Ponet, and Léon Berben.

Professional Organizations:  She serves as Dean of the Central Arizona Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, as National Media Chair for the National Federation of Music Clubs and State Representative of the Arizona Federation of Music Clubs. 

Church Positions: She has served in a variety of Christian denominations as organist and music director. She served as organist for over 40 years and 10 years as Stake Music Director for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She currently serves as Organist and Associate Music Director for First United Methodist Church of Mesa, AZ. Past positions include Organist and Director of Music Ministries at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Scottsdale, Organist/Associate Music Director of music at Pinnacle Presbyterian and Organist/Director of Traditional Music at Central United Methodist Church of Phoenix. She also served as Artistic Director of Arts at the Nativity/NorthStar Arts in Scottsdale.

Teaching Experience: Valerie has taught piano and organ for over 45 years and is committed to promoting excellently prepared and spiritually reflected music in the Church and in the community. She believes in inspiring and motivating her students to achieve success and develop a love of music. She has prepared many high school students to study music in college and to earn scholarships and win competitions.