Darwin Wolford (b. 1936) was Director of Organ Studies and a member of the music faculty at Brigham Young University-Idaho (formerly Ricks College) in Rexburg, Idaho until his retirement in 2004. Born in Logan, Utah, his early piano training began with Irving Wasserman. He graduated from Utah State University, located in Logan, in 1960. He received a Master of Music degree in 1963 and a Ph.D. in organ and composition, with a minor in philosophy, in 1967 from the University of Utah. He studied organ with Robert Cundick and Alexander Schreiner. His composition teachers included LeRoy Robertson, John LaMontaine and Ned Rorem. The two latter of which are Pulitzer Prize winning composers. He has written widely for choir, orchestra, organ, piano and a variety of other instruments. His works are heard regularly on the Tabernacle Choir's CBS radio broadcast. He is listed in the International Who's Who In Music. Dr Wolford served for many years as a member of the LDS Church's General Music Committee and was a member of the Executive Hymnbook Committee that was responsible for the publication of Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (1985). He also assisted in the preparation of the Church's publication for children, Children Songbook (1989). He has well over 350 published compositions with Shawnee Press and other publishers. His Organ Studies for the Beginner is published in English in this country and in Japanese by a publishing firm in Osaka, Japan.