Nina Wilkins and friends to perform free concert

April 17, 2012

Writer: Don Sparhawk

Longtime piano and organ teacher Nina Wilkins of Rexburg will be featured at a free concert Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall.

Wilkins, who turned 80 on April 10, will be joined on stage by family members and friends, including her organ teacher, Daniel Kerr of the BYU-Idaho music faculty.

She taught as an adjunct instructor at BYU-Idaho for more than 50 years and has taught privately in her home since she was a teenager. She is currently coordinator of about 100 organists at the Rexburg Temple.

Wilkins, who is the mother of five children, 27 grandchildren and 20 great- grandchildren, graduated from Sugar-Salem High School in Sugar City and received a bachelor's degree from BYU-Idaho. She studied piano with Ruth Barrus at Ricks College, Reid Nibley in Salt Lake City, Gary Amano at Utah State University and Dr. Brent Jones and Dr. Steve Allen at BYU-Idaho.

Her organ studies were with Ruth Barrus and Darwin Wolford at Ricks College, Alexander Schreiner in Salt Lake City, James Drake at Utah State University, Herbert B. Nanny at Stanford University and Daniel Kerr at BYU-Idaho.