Recital – Taylor Competition Winners
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
7/7/2020 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
7/7/2020 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Benton Blasingame is the Assistant Music Director and Associate Organist at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Missouri. He is a Colleague of the American Guild of Organists and is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Eastman School of Music, the Yale School of Music, and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.
In 2008, Benton was one of two musicians at the Interlochen Arts Academy to receive the academy’s highest honor: the Young Artist Award. At Yale, Benton received the Charles Ives Prize – “to an outstanding organ major.” Upon graduation, Benton was the co-recipient of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music’s Director’s Prize, together with Master of Divinity graduate Justin Crisp, for their collaborative presentation of Batter My Heart, Three Person’d God: On the Dramatic Transfiguration of Desire in John Adams’s Doctor Atomic.
Benton has been the first prize recipient at the Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition in the high school division, the John R. Rodland Memorial Scholarship competition and the Taylor Organ Competition. He has been featured on at least four programs of American Public Media’s Pipedreams with Michael Barone.
Apart from academic and competitive recitals, prominent solo recitals Benton has performed include the Grand Rapids Bach Festival, Grace Cathedral San Francisco, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Buffalo University New York, San Domenico Cortona Italy, the Church Music Association of America’s 2016 Colloquium, and St. Louis Cathedral Concerts.
Benton’s organ teachers include Martin Jean, David Higgs, Thomas Bara, and John Romeri.