"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

 
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BIOGRAPHY

Acclaimed for his virtuosity and imaginative programming, JACOB BENDA has been featured as a solo recitalist and lecturer at universities, festivals and cathedrals throughout the United States including Yale University, University of Arizona, University of North Texas, Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, the East Texas Pipe Organ Festival, the 2014 AGO National Convention, the opening performance for the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Guild of Organists 2019-20 season, Christ Church Cathedral in New Orleans, LA, St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Jackson, MS,  Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, MN, Plymouth Congregational Church in Seattle, WA, and others. 


As a collaborative artist he has had the privilege to work with musicians throughout the country including the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, the Cornell University Glee Club, violinist Borislava Iltcheva, Concertmaster of the Baton Rouge Symphony, classical guitarists Tanja Mirić and Darka Kooienga, Duo Miriç, and saxophonist Richard Dirlam.


Enthusiastic about new music, Jacob has performed premieres by composers such as Pamela Decker, James Sclater, Gary Bachlund, and has championed the music of 20th century 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."


Serving as the Director of Sacred Music and Liturgy at the historic Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in downtown Minneapolis, MN since 2019, Dr. Benda is also a published author and member of various executive boards. Recently elected as Dean of the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, he additionally serves on the Board of Directors of the Ruth and Clarence Mader Memorial Scholarship Fund based in Los Angeles.


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.​


Upcoming engagements include solo performances at the University of Iowa, the 2022 Piccolo Spoleto L’Organo Series in Charleston, SC, Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church in Champaign, IL, St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge, LA, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Lafayette, LA, and performances in 2022 with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and the Great River Chorale.

 
 

EVENTS

SOLO RECITAL

Sunday, October 24, 2021, 2:30 PM

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church

Lafayette, Louisiana


Works by J.S. Bach, Duruflé, Mader, Paulus, Poulenc, and Widor

SOLO RECITAL

Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 7:00 PM

St. Joseph Cathedral

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 


Works by J.S. Bach, Bednall, Duruflé, and Poulenc

Louisiana Premiere performance of The Phoenix by David Bednall, featuring violinist Borislava Iltcheva

SOLO RECITAL

Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 7:00 PM
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church 
Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Featuring violinist Angel Andres, Minnesota premiere of 'The Phoenix' by David Bednall, Maurice Duruflé's Suite pour orgue, Op. 5, Francis Poulenc's Suite Francaise, and more.

SOLO RECITAL

Friday, November 19, 2021, 7:00 PM  
St. Mary's Cathedral
Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Featuring violinist Angel Andres and the St. Mary's Cathedral Choir
Music by J.S. Bach, David Bednall, Francis Poulenc, Vaughan Williams, Heinz Werner Zimmerman and more.

SOLO RECITAL

Friday, December 3, 2021, 7:30 PM

Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church
Champaign, Illinois

Works by J.S. Bach, Duruflé, Paulus, Poulenc, and Widor

BATON ROUGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHAMBER SERIES
SYMPHONIC SPLENDOR: MASTERWORKS FOR ORGAN AND ORCHESTRA

Sunday, March 20, 2022, 4:00 PM

First United Methodist Church 

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

Jacob Benda, organist; Lamar Drummonds, conductor 


Performances of Poulenc's Concerto in G minor for Organ, Strings, and Timpani, and Rheinberger's Concerto in F Major for Organ and Orchestra on the Casavant Frères (Opus 3932, 2020)

COLLABORATION WITH THE GREAT RIVER CHORALE

Thursday, April 28, 2022, 7:00 PM
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church 
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Great River Chorale
Mary Kay Geston, director
Jacob Benda, organist. 


Featuring music by Jonathan Dove, Gabriel Faure, Lee Hoiby, Ralph Vaughan Williams and more.

COLLABORATION WITH THE GREAT RIVER CHORALE

Sunday, May 1, 2022, 2:00 PM
St. John's University Abbey Church
Collegeville, Minnesota

Great River Chorale
Mary Kay Geston, director
Jacob Benda, organist. 


Featuring music by Jonathan Dove, Gabriel Faure, Lee Hoiby, Ralph Vaughan Williams and more.