Perkins Chapel Wedding Music


BENJAMIN A KOLODZIEJ, Organist 

Benjamin Kolodziej serves as Chapel Organist at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, where he has been an adjunct lecturer in sacred music at Perkins School of Theology and where he plays organ for 150 weddings, memorials, and civic events a year at historic Perkins Chapel.  Since 1999 he has also been full-time Organist and Director of Worship at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Plano, TX.

Graduating with an undergraduate degree in organ performance from SMU in 1998, Mr Kolodziej holds Master of Sacred Music and Master of Theological Studies degrees from Perkins School of Theology, SMU. His primary teachers have included Richard DeLong, Robert Anderson, Larry Palmer and George Baker, and he has coached for several summers with Jon Gillock in New York City. He won first place in the Dallas AGO Young Organist Competition and was awarded the hymn playing prize at the William B Hall Organ Competition.  He is a frequent organist for hymn festivals and organ concerts, having performed many times in the UK as well as in Germany, Austria, Norway, Italy and Switzerland. In addition to many performances throughout Texas, he has also performed at historic Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, VA, Washington National Cathedral, St Philip's Cathedral in Atlanta, and St Patrick's Cathedral and St Thomas Church in New York City.  Recent seasons' solo concert venues have included St Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco; St Paulo-entro-le-Muro in Rome, Italy; Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston; St John's Cathedral, Milwaukee; Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark, NJ; and St Mary the Virgin, Times Square in New York City. In addition to classical organ performance, he frequently accompanies silent movies, having played and composed original scores to the Buster Keaton (2012) and Harold Lloyd (2014) film festivals at the Allen Performing Arts Center for the City of Allen, TX. 

Mr Kolodziej has published articles in The Chorister, Concordia Theological Quarterly, The Hymn, Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly, The American Organist, Theatre Organ, The Diapason, Methodist History, and the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology. As a lecturer on topics of church music he has presented to AGO chapters and universities, maintaining an interest in liturgical, hymnological, and theological history and practices.  In addition to having contributed to the forthcoming Lutheran Service Book Hymnal Companion, his chapter entitled "Organ Music in the Liturgy in the Twentieth Century" was published by Routledge in 2011 in Twentieth-Century Organ Music, a Festschrift honouring Robert T Anderson. He has music published by GIA and CPH and is currently working on a book for OHS Press tentatively entitled Organs and Organists at Southern Methodist University: 1915-2015.

Active in the American Guild of Organists, he served as Dean of the Dallas Chapter from 2011-2014.

To view the silent movie accompaniment page, click here.

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CONCERT AUDIO SAMPLES:

(All recorded live in concert.)

Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, JS Bach  (recorded at Washington National Cathedral)

"Simple Gifts" from Appalachian Spring, Aaron Copland, arr. Elizabeth Fitts (recorded at St Philip's Cathedral, Atlanta)

"Marche Pontificale," from Organ Symphony #1, Opus 13, No. 1., Charles-Marie Widor (recorded at St Philip's Cathedral, Atlanta)

Trio Sonata #1 in Eb major, JS Bach (recorded at St Otmarsberg Abbey, Uznach, Switzerland)

    Allegro
    Adagio

Contrapunctus in French style, from Art of Fugue, JS Bach (recorded at Peterskirche, Vienna, Austria)

March on a Theme of Handel "Lift Up Your Heads," Alexandre Guilmant (recorded at First Presbyterian Church, Texarkana, AR)

Concert Variations on "Old Hundredth," John Knowles Paine (recorded at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, Desoto, TX)

Variations on "Come, Holy Ghost, Creator Blest," Maurice Duruflé (recorded at St Paul Lutheran Church, Austin, TX)

Improvisation on PICARDY, Benjamin Kolodziej (recorded at Trinity Episcopal Church, Tulsa)

Våren ("Last Spring"), Edward Grieg (arr. Benjamin Kolodziej) (recorded at Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston.)

 

CONCERT DIARY:
 
2016:

St Patrick's Cathedral, NYC

Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, Allen, TX

Christ the King Catholic Church, Dallas, TX

St Matthias Anglican Church, Dallas, TX

Christ Church Cathedral, St Louis, MO

Alamo Chapter, American Guild of Organists:
"Online Resources for the Performing and Church Organist" (lecture/demo)

Pillar Church, Holland, MI

Tyler Street United Methodist Church, Dallas, TX (silent movie)

Christuskirche, Erfurt, Germany

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Leland, MI

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, McKinney, TX (organ dedication)

First United Methodist Church, Bella Vista, AR

St Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, Dallas, TX (silent movie)

Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Plano, TX

2015:


Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Soulard, St Louis, MO

Lamb of God Lutheran Church, Lewisville, TX

First Presbyterian Church, Richardson, TX

Grace Presbyterian Church, Midland, TX (organ dedication)

Faith Lutheran Church, Plano, TX (organ dedication)

Allen Civic Auditorium, Allen, TX (silent movie--Joan of Arc)

Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Plano (monthly concerts)

Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, Allen, TX (silent movie)

Church of St Louis, King of France, St Paul, MN


2014
:

Allen Civic Auditorium, Allen, TX
(Harold Lloyd Film Festival--five silent movies over four weeks)

First Presbyterian Church, Jamestown, NY (Chautauqua Chapter AGO)

Holy Ghost Lutheran Church, Bergholtz, NY

Institute on Liturgy, Preaching and Church Music, Concordia University, Seward, NE
(lecturer, teacher, and performer)

Baylor University, Waco, TX (organ/trumpet concert with Chuck Seipp)

Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, Allen (silent movie)

Chapel of St John the Divine, Lutheran Home, Chicago (Arlington Heights), IL (silent movie)

Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX (organ/trumpet concert with Chuck Seipp)

Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark, NJ

Church Music Institute Summer Conference, Dallas (lecturer)


Christ United Methodist Church, Plano, TX

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Fairview, TX

Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Plano, TX (monthly concerts)

Resurrection Lutheran Church, Plano (silent film)


2013:

Lutheran Church of the Living Christ, Madison, WI

Third Baptist Church, St Louis, MO

International Center, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, St Louis, MO

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Terre Haute, IN (Pentecost festival service and concert)

"Wedding Music: Practical, Liturgical, Musical" lecture for Fort Worth AGO
Ridglea Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth

St Andrew's UMC, Plano, TX (gala organ fundraiser)

"Organ Music in the Liturgy," lecture for Church Music Institute
First Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth

Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX

Morton H Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX
(recital in conjunction with ACDA)

First Presbyterian Church, Norman, OK (for the Southern Plains, AGO)

Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, Allen, TX (Silent film)

Cathedral of St John Berchmans, Shreveport, LA

Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Plano, TX

2012:

Church of St Mary the Virgin, NYC

Trinity Lutheran Church, Parsons, KS

Allen Civic Auditorium, Allen, TX
(Buster Keaton film festival--six films over five evenings.)

Cathedral of St Mary, San Francisco, CA

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
(with Chuck Seipp, trumpeter)

St Paul Within-the-Walls, Rome, Italy

Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Milwaukee, WI

McKinney Performing Arts Center, McKinney, TX (Silent movie--AGO event)

Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston, MA

Tyler Street United Methodist Church, Dallas, TX (Silent movie)

First United Methodist Church, Pittsburg, TX

Trinity Episcopal Church, Tulsa, OK

Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Plano, TX

St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Dallas, TX
 
2011:
 
St Patrick's Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, NYC
 
St Philip's Episcopal Cathedral, Atlanta, GA
 
St Luke's Lutheran Church, Richardson, TX

Bartlett United Methodist Church, Memphis, TN
 
Church of the Incarnation, Dallas, TX (pre-Evensong)
 
Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Plano, TX
 
Trinity Lutheran Church, Corpus Christi, TX (hymn festival)
 
Trinity Episcopal Church, Tulsa, OK
 
Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, Dallas, TX
Chorister's Guild Midwinter Workshop
Festival organist and clinician/lecturer
 
2010:
 
St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Dallas, TX
 
Lutheran Church of the Living Christ, Madison, WI
 
McKinney Performing Arts Center, McKinney, TX (on the Wurlitzer)
 
Tyler Street United Methodist Church, Dallas, TX (silent movie accompaniment)
 
St Anne and the Holy Trinity Church, NYC
 
Sct Markus Kyrke, Oslo, Norway (silent movie accompaniment)
 
Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Plano, TX
 
Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX
 
First United Methodist Church, Waxahachie, TX
 
Luther Memorial Church, Madison, WI
 
Trinity Episcopal Church, Tulsa, OK
 
2009:
 
St Oltmartsburg Abbey, Uznach, St Gallen, Switzerland
 
St David's Episcopal Church, Austin, TX
 
St Andrew's Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, TX
 
Lake Highlands United Methodist Church, Dallas, TX
(AGO Programme:  "Wedding Music Made Practical")
 
Trinity Episcopal Church, Tulsa, OK
 
McKinney Performing Arts Center, McKinney, TX (cinema accompaniment)
 
St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City
 
Hope Presbyterian, Austin, TX
 
Luther/Tyndale Memorial Church, London, UK (guest organist)
 
2008:
 
McKinney Performing Arts Center/McKinney Repertory Theatre, McKinney, TX
A Christmas Carol, accompanying two weeks of shows on the Wurlitzer.
 
Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Plano, TX

Resurrection Lutheran Church, Plano, TX
 
Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, Plano, TX
 
Royal Canadian College of Organist's Improvisation Competition Semifinalist,
Kitchener, Ontario
 
Peterskirche, Vienna, Austria
 
St John's Lutheran Church, Clarksville, TX (organ dedication)
 
St John's Lutheran Church, San Antonio
 
University United Methodist Church, Tulsa
 
Trinity Episcopal Church, Tulsa
 
2007:
 
McKinney Performing Arts Center, McKinney, TX
(A solo performance on the Wurlitzer in February and organist for
A Christmas Carol in November.)
 
First Presbyterian Church, Texarkana, AR
 
Messiah Lutheran Church, Oklahoma City, OK
("From Walther to Distler:  400 Years of the Lutheran Chorale" with OKC Bach Choir.)
 
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Amarillo, TX (organ dedication)
 
St Alphege Church, Greenwich, UK
 
First United Methodist Church, Waxahachie, TX (organ performance for children)
 
St Paul Lutheran Church, Austin, TX (hymn festival)
 
Concordia University, Austin, TX (organ clinician/lecturer for summer church music conference.)
 
St Andrew's Episcopal Church, Fort Worth
 
Grace United Methodist Church, Dallas, TX
("The Development of the Lutheran Chorale:  From Bach, through Brahms, to Mendelssohn," cosponsored
by the Dallas Goethe Center.)
 
2006:
 
Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg, VA
 
Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC
 
National City Christian Church, Washington, DC
 
McKinney, TX LDS Stake
 
Peterskirche, Leipzig, Germany
 
Zion Lutheran Church, Dallas (hymn festival)
 
Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, Desoto (hymn festival)
 
Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Plano, TX
 
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Palestine, TX (organ dedication)
 
St Andrew's Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, TX
 
2005:
 
Central Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX
 
Perkins Chapel, SMU, Dallas, TX
 
Sheffield Cathedral, Sheffield, UK
 
St Olave's Church, London, UK
 
2004:
 
Central Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX
 
Bethel Lutheran Church, Dallas (organ dedication)
 
Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, Desoto, TX
 
Farnham United Reformed Church, Farnham, Surrey, UK
 
St Pancras Church, Euston Rd, London, UK
 
First Presbyterian Church, Plano, TX
 
Previous years' concerts or hymn festivals:  

Zion Lutheran Church, Dallas (2002/2006); Faith Lutheran Church, Plano, TX (1992-1996); Advent Lutheran Church, Arlington, TX (1997-2000)
Crown of Life Lutheran Church, Colleyville, TX (1997); Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Arlington, TX (1997)
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Carrollton, TX (1997 and 1998); Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Irving (1997--All Bach)
Caruth Auditorium, Southern Methodist University (junior and senior recitals plus many other events)
First Lutheran Church, Texarkana, TX (1996); Holy Cross Lutheran, Dallas (1995)

 

 
 
 
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