Jacob

Benda

Organist

 

"talented young American organist Jacob Benda performs with confident rhythmic stability and polished technical assurance." 

-American Record Guide

 

Highly regarded for his virtuosity and poetic interpretation, JACOB BENDA has been featured as a solo recitalist at cathedrals, festivals, and universities throughout the United States. Recent engagements include performances at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, MN, Christ Church Cathedral in New Orleans, LA, St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, MS, Plymouth Congregational Church in Seattle, WA, the 2018 East Texas Pipe Organ Festival, Memorial Chapel at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, and the Main Auditorium at the University of North Texas. 

During the past three years Jacob Benda has had the privilege of performing organ dedication recitals, and premiering new works written by award-winning composers. A highlight of 2018 was his performance of three statewide premieres (Minnesota, Mississippi, Louisiana) of Pamela Decker's 40-minute monument for organ solo, The Seven Last Words and Triumph of Christ; he had the distinct honor of serving as the understudy to Douglas Cleveland for the world premiere of the same piece at the 2018 American Guild of Organists National Convention held in Kansas City. During the same year he collaborated with classical guitarists Tanja Mirić and Darka Kooienga, Duo Miriç, as they offered the world premiere performance of Partita on 'In dulci jubilo' for organ and two guitars by James Sclater. Most recently, the Berlin-based composer, Gary Bachlund, composed his Chromatic Chaconne and Fugue in C minor for Jacob Benda which he will perform during the upcoming season 2019-20 season.


Since 2010, he has championed the music of prolific American organist and composer Clarence Mader (1904-1971). In 2017, he was invited by Yale University to lecture on the life and music of Clarence Mader for the Graduate Organ Seminar, and in 2014 he lectured on the same topic at the American Guild of Organists National Convention held in Boston, MA. His landmark recording, Music at Midnight, A Tonal Palette, Organ Music by Clarence Mader, (Centaur Label, CRC 3361), was applauded by the American Record Guide as:


"an important picture of American organ art in the 20th century...talented young American organist Jacob Benda performs with confident rhythmic stability and polished technical assurance." 

In addition to his demanding performance schedule Jacob Benda is a published author, producer and member of various executive boards. His recent article, Unveiling the Mystery: A Pianist's Discovery of the Organ, was published in the September 2018 issue of the Music Teacher's National Association (MTNA) e-journal and met with great enthusiasm as it offers direction to musicians seeking to explore the expansive world of organ playing. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Ruth and Clarence Mader Memorial Scholarship Fund, he is producing a documentary based on the unique life of Clarence Mader; this will offer an in-depth look into his music, visual art, poetry, and influence on American organists & organ music during the 20th century. As an active member of the AGO he serves as the Sub-Dean for the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. 


Dr. Benda has held posts as music director and organist at both Episcopal and Roman Catholic churches in the United States, and currently serves as Director of Sacred Music and Liturgy at the historic Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in downtown Minneapolis, MN. In 2015 he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) from Louisiana State University under the mentorship of concert organist Herndon Spillman, protégé of Maurice Duruflé.

Jacob Benda is represented by Seven Eight Artists.

 
 

Events

 

Los Angeles American Guild of Organists Opening Event 'The Legacy and Music of Clarence Mader'

October 7, 2019, 8:00 PM

Glendale Methodist First United Methodist Church

Glendale, California 


Works by Mader, Phillips and Bachlund (world premiere)

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Concert Series Inaugural Concert
'My Soul Proclaims the Greatness of the Lord'

October 24, 2019, 7:00 PM

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

Excelsior, Minnesota


Featuring Marion Judish, violin, and David Davis, saxophone, SJB Choir and guest vocalists;

works by Tournemire, Vaughan Williams, Vitali, and more

Solo Recital

December 3, 2019, 12:30 PM

St. Louis King of France Catholic Church

Saint Paul, Minnesota


Works by Phillips, Paulus, J.S. Bach, and Decker

Roy A. Johnson Memorial Organ Series
'American Music: Coast to Coast'

February 9, 2020 7:00 PM

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona


Works by Mader, Decker, Paulus, and more

Solo Recital

March 6, 2020, 7:30 PM

Our Lady of Good Counsel 

Mankato, Minnesota 


Featuring ‘The Seven Last Words and Triumph of Christ’ by Pamela Decker and other selected works

Solo Recital

March 12, 2020, 7:00 PM

St. John Vianney Catholic Church

Houston, Texas


Featuring ‘The Seven Last Words and Triumph of Christ’ by Pamela Decker and other selected works

Solo Recital

Friday, March 13, 2020, 7:00 PM

New Hope Lutheran Church

Missouri City, Texas


Featuring ‘The Seven Last Words and Triumph of Christ’ by Pamela Decker and other selected works

Solo Recital

March 16, 2020, 7:00 PM

St. Joseph Cathedral

Baton Rouge, Lousianna


Works by Tournemire, Conte, J.S. Bach, Decker, Sweelinck, Paulus, and Wagner

Guest Organist with the Great River Chorale and Choirs from the College of Saint Benedict and St. John’s University

May 1, 2020, 7:30 PM

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

St. Cloud, Minnesota


Featuring music by Jonathan Dove, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Eriks Esenvalds, Will Todd, and Craig Phillips

Guest Organist with the Great River Chorale and Choirs from the College of Saint Benedict and St. John’s University

May 3, 2020, 2:00 PM

St. Benedict’s Monastery – Sacred Heart Chapel

St. Cloud, Minnesota


Works by Jonathan Dove, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Eriks Esenvalds, Will Todd, and Pamela Decker

Solo Recital

September 11, 2020, 7:00 PM

Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church
Champaign, Illinois

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