“Simplicity is the final achievement.”
— FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN
Mike Carson Hymns
Hymnbellishments for Organists
“I like all of your arrangements!"
Adjunct Associate Professor of
Organ and Organ Area Head at University of Utah
“I want to thank you for your organ arrangement on 'Do What Is Right.' It was wonderful and added to the spirit of the meeting. I love that it was not so 'out there' for the congregation; they could still hear the melody, and they sang beautifully!"
Former dean, American Guild of Organists, Salt Lake City Chapter
“Every time I visit this site it's like Christmas! I especially love 'I Know That My Redeemer Lives.' I feel so blessed to be a beneficiary of your hard work. Thank you!"
Ward & temple organist
“After playing your hymnbellishment for 'Praise to the Man,' the grandmother of the returned missionary speaker excitedly rushed up to the organ. A longtime member of the Tabernacle Choir and composer, she said, 'As soon as you started that introduction, I knew it was going to be GREAT!' She has Scottish ancestry, so the arrangement was especially meaningful to her. I have also received similar compliments from a visiting stake presidency member and other members of the ward when I used your 'I Am a Child of God' and 'How Great Thou Art.'"
Ward & temple organist
“I love your music, Mike. It has added so much joy to my life. Your arrangements have enhanced our meetings immeasurably throughout the years and will continue to do so! I've even used some of them in the temple, and they are super!"
JANET OLLMAN BLACKMER
Ward, stake & temple organist
“The spirit was so strong during the closing hymn ['Praise to the Lord, the Almighty']; I could hardly sing. But I kept trying, because I wanted to be part of it with all my heart. Thank you for what you brought there."
“A couple of weeks ago we had a missionary farewell, and 'How Firm a Foundation' was requested. The bishop wanted all seven verses, and I used your arrangement with much success. People told me how nice it was to have varied arrangements for so many verses."
Piano teacher, ward organist
“Thank you for publishing these so regularly. Yours is the first place I go to find a reharmonization or arrangement after looking through my upcoming services and hymns."
Mike Carson hails from Lehi, Utah, where he graduated high school as a Sterling Scholar state finalist in music. At Brigham Young University he studied music composition, theory, piano performance, and was principal cellist in the BYU Symphony Orchestra under Dr. Glenn Williams.
After college, he enjoyed a 24-year career in the retail print music business in Utah County, followed by 18 years as an administrative assistant in private and government sectors.
Mike's compositions and arrangements of sacred choral, organ, and piano music have been recognized by LDS Church Submissions and published by Kjos Music Co., Jackman Music, and SheetMusicPlus.com.
He is a former dean of the Utah Valley chapter of the American Guild of Organists and former convener of the guild's Bonneville District.
In 2022, Mike, along with Blaine Olson and James Welch, identified almost 80 churches and private residences in Utah County, where full and hybrid pipe organs are located, complete with many photos, descriptions of the instruments, and other essential details (builders, models and opus numbers, number of manuals, ranks, etc.). The project may be viewed at: https://sites.google.com/view/uvpipeorgans.
Mike was the blessed husband of the late Cheryl Carson for 31 years. Their children, stepchildren, grandchildren, and great grandchildren live in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, New York, Virginia and Manila, Philippines. Mike lives in Lindon, Utah, where he enjoys retirement, serving in church music callings, mentoring organists, gardening, and decorating home interiors.
Mike Carson Hymns
Mike Carson at the old Holtkamp pipe organ at St. Marks in Salt Lake City.
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