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NEW CLARENCE MADER EDITIONS

Edited by Dr. Jacob Benda

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Dr. Benda serves on the board of the Ruth and Clarence Mader Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Learn more HERE

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


-American Record Guide


Benda's depth of knowledge and impeccable technique in concert with his great sense of timing and colorful registrations provided an enthusiastic and prestigious audience a grand opening of the 2019-20 season for the chapter.


-Mary Lee Mistretta, Los Angeles Chapter of the American Guild of Organists


The concert's most memorable performance was of James Callahan's Organ Concerto No. 2… an orchestra of top-notch Twin Cities-based musicians was kept in ideal balance with organ soloist Jacob Benda under Callahan's direction


-Rob Hubbard, Minneapolis Star Tribune



The organ recital by Dr. Jacob Benda was characterized by an outstanding artistic and technical prowess…it was filled with mature lyricism and heart-stirring subtlety. 


-Dr. Susi Ferfoglia, Director, Institute of Church Music

Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow



The lecture was listened to with great engagement not only by students of the Pontifical University and Kryzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Cracow, but also by other lecturers representing leading European centers for teaching church music, which resulted in a very interesting discussion on similarities and differences in approaches to the education of church musicians and in understanding the role of music and its integral part within the liturgy of the Catholic Church.


-Dr. Wieslaw Delimat, Professor, Institute of Church Music

Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow

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BIOGRAPHY

JACOB BENDA serves as the Director of Sacred Music, Liturgy, Sacred Arts, and Faculty Member at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Active as a concert organist, pianist, choral conductor, educator, published author, editor, and organ consultant, he has been featured as a guest artist at universities, festivals, and churches throughout the world. 


In November, Dr. Benda represented the United States at the 2023 International Sacred Music Conference held at the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Kraków, Poland, where he offered a lecture alongside sacred music experts from Germany, Italy, Poland, and Slovenia. During the conference, he was given the honor of performing two inaugural organ concerts, as well as a feature performance on the rare Cavaille-Coll copy at the Church of Divine Mercy. Other highlights include a guest lecture at the Yale School of Divinity, solo performances with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and the University of St. Thomas Festival & Student Orchestras, a solo concert at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and an upcoming tour with the award-winning ensemble, Le Quatuor International de Saxophones.


Past engagements include solo performances for the 2023 AGO North Central Regional Convention Opening Gala Concert, the 2019 Los Angeles AGO Opening Gala Concert, the 2018 East Texas Pipe Organ Festival, and solo concerts at the University of Arizona, University of Iowa, University of North Texas, Plymouth Congregational Church in Seattle, Christ Church Cathedral in New Orleans, Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, and many others.


Enthusiastic about music from all eras, Jacob has a special affinity for new music and has premiered works by Pamela Decker, James Sclater, Gary Bachlund, and James Callahan. The world-premiere performance of Organ Concerto No. 2 by James Callahan, with the composer at the podium, was broadcast in its entirety on American Public Media’s Pipedreams hosted by Michael Barone – a radio program that has featured Jacob in 10 different episodes. Several prominent composers have dedicated compositions to him including, Passacaglia and Dance Variations by Pamela Decker, Souevenir for J. by Krzysztof Grzeszczak, and Chromatic Rondo and Fugue in C minor by Gary Bachlund. A champion of organ and choral music by American composer Clarence Mader, 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."


As a collaborative artist, Jacob has had the privilege to work with instrumentalists, choirs, and ensembles throughout the United States including the Cathedral Choir of The Basilica of St. Mary, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, the Cornell University Glee Club, violinists Borislava Iltcheva and Allison Ostrander, classical guitarists Tanja Mirić and Darka Kooienga, and conductor Dr. Matthew George.


Former Dean of the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and current Board Member of the Ruth and Clarence Mader Memorial Scholarship Fund based in Los Angeles, Jacob earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Louisiana State University in 2015 under the mentorship of Dr. Herndon Spillman, protégé of Maurice Duruflé. 

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IN THE PRESS

Recent Articles Highlighting Jacob Benda's Various Activities 

UST CHAPEL ARTS SERIES

BATON ROUGE TOUR

STAR TRIBUNE ARTICLE – AGO REGIONAL CONVENTION

ORGAN CONSULTANT – NEW ORGAN AT ST. JOHN VIANNEY SEMINARY

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EVENTS

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH LE QUATUOR INTERNATIONAL DE SAXOPHONE

February 20, 2024, 7:00 PM

Gustavus Adolphus College

St. Peter, Minnesota


February 22, 2024, 7:00 PM

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

Minneapolis, Minnesota


February 24, 2024, 7:00 PM

University of St. Thomas

Minneapolis, Minnesota


February 26, 2024, 8:00 PM

St. John's University

Collegeville, Minnesota


March 1, 2024, 12:00 PM

St. Cloud State University

St. Cloud, Minnesota

March 2, 2024, 7:00 PM

Fingal's Cave at Metronome Brewery

St. Paul, Minnesota

SOLO RECITAL
FRANZ LISZT'S VIA CRUCIS

March 15, 2024, 7:00 PM
St. Mary's Chapel 
University of Saint Thomas
Saint Paul, Minnesota

COLLABORATIVE CONCERT WITH KELLY KRUSE, SOPRANO & MARION JUDISH, VIOLIN

March 16, 2024, 7:00 PM

Chapel of Saint Thomas Aquinas

 University of Saint Thomas

Saint Paul, Minnesota

ORGAN AND ORCHESTRA
CELEBRATION OF JAMES CALLAHAN AND MICHAEL BARONE

May 4, 2024 at 7:00 PM

Chapel of Saint Thomas Aquinas

 University of Saint Thomas

Saint Paul, Minnesota


- Featuring -

Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings by Francis Poulenc

Concertos No. 1 and No. 2 by James P. Callahan

Baronian Suite by Stephen Paulus

SOLO ORGAN DEDICATION RECITAL

June 16, 2024, 3:00 PM
Prince of Peace Catholic Church
Plano, Texas

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