Workshop – Be Still My Soul: Pastoral and Practical Musical Resources for Weddings and Funerals
7/10/2020 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
Benjamin Kolodziej is Organist and Choirmaster at St John’s Episcopal Church in Dallas and Organist at Perkins Chapel, Southern Methodist University, where he has played over 2,600 weddings since his appointment in December 1999. He holds an undergraduate degree in Organ Performance from SMU, and an MSM and MTS from Perkins School of Theology. His primary organ teachers were Robert Anderson, Larry Palmer, and George Baker. Additional study has been with Dennis Keene and Jon Gillock.
As a concert organist, he has performed hymn festivals and concerts throughout the USA as well as in England, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Norway. He has written for numerous journals including The American Organist, The Diapason, The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology, Theatre Organ, as well as for the forthcoming Lutheran Service Book Hymnal Companion. He has served the Dallas AGO in numerous capacities, including Dean from 2011-2014. His historical and research interest in the organs of the city of Dallas is reflected in three 2019 articles in The Tracker, the journal of the Organ Historical Society, for whose convention in Dallas last summer he was co-chair.
As a church musician, he was recently appointed Carl Schalk Scholar at the Center for Church Music at Concordia University Chicago and also serves Dallas-based Church Music Institute as communications and program director. His organ music is published by CPH, GIA, and Augsburg. As a hobby, he accompanies silent movies in an authentic style.