Organ Recital

Organ Recital: Joseph Ripka

Sunday, April 29, 2018 | 5:15pm

Guest organist Joseph Ripka from All Saints’ Church, Phoenix, Ariz., plays a recital on the Cathedral’s 10,650–pipe great organ. $10 suggested donation.





Choral-Improvisation sur le Victimae paschali
Charles Tournemire (1870-1939)
Reconstruit, Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)

Charles Tournemire

Cinq versets sur le Victimae paschali
Thierry Escaich (b. 1965)
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio ma non troppo – Tempo rubato
III. Allegretto
IV. Adagio ma non troppo
V. Allegro molto ritmico

Suite, Op. 5
Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
I. Prélude
II. Sicilienne
III. Toccata

About Joseph Ripka

Joseph Ripka is the Director of Music at All Saints’ Episcopal Church and Day School in Phoenix, AZ. At All Saints’, he directs an active music program, which includes several adult and children’s choirs in the RSCM tradition. He is the former organist and choirmaster at Calvary Church (Episcopal) in Stonington, CT and artistic director of Calvary Music School. At Calvary, he directed an active music program, including adult and children’s choirs and a music school with over 100 students and a faculty of 14. During the summer of 2016, the Calvary Choir (RSCM) under Mr. Ripka’s direction, toured the UK singing nine services in seven days at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland and Lichfield Cathedral in Lichfield, England. Joseph was also consultant for a new organ by the Richards-Fowkes Co. of Ooltewah, TN that was installed in August of 2017. He later returned to play the dedication recitals in January of 2018.

Joseph received the prestigious Artist Diploma in organ from the Oberlin Conservatory where he studied with James David Christie and holds Master of Music degrees in piano and organ performance from the University of Kansas and completed a second master's degree at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music where he studied with Martin Jean.

Joseph has performed with the New World Symphony, the Boston Philharmonic, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra under conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, Benjamin Zander, and Alan Gilbert. He has won several prizes nationally and internationally including first prize in the 2008 Dublin International Organ Competition and the 2008 Fort Wayne National Organ Competition, and was a finalist in the Prague, Nijmegen, Erfurt, and Agati-Tronci competitions. He is also an active international recitalist having been engaged for performances at St Paul’s London, Bavo Kerk Haarlem, Oude Kerk Amsterdam, Kings College Cambridge, St George Windsor, Magdalene College Oxford, and St Patrick’s Dublin among others. Joseph is one of 16 competitors chosen worldwide to compete in the Boston Bach International Organ Competition in September.

  • Admission
    • Free
    • $10 suggested donation
  • Dates Offered
    • April 29, 2018 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm