Organ Recital

Organ Recital: Benjamin Straley

Sunday, September 11, 2016 | 2:00pm

Cathedral organist Benjamin Straley plays a recital on the Cathedral’s 10,650–pipe great organ. $10 suggested donation.

Please note the change in time.




Toccata, from Symphony No. 5
Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)

Five Short Pieces
Percy Whitlock (1903-1946)
Folk Tune
Andante Tranquillo

George Thalben-Ball (1896-1987)

Introduction, Passacaglia, and Fugue
Healey Willan (1880-1968)

‘Nimrod,’ from the Enigma Variations
Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

About Benjamin Straley

Benjamin Straley is Organist and Associate Director of Music at Washington National Cathedral. Prior to this appointment, he was Organ Scholar at Trinity Church (Episcopal), New Haven as well as Director of Music for the Episcopal Church at Yale.

Upon the completion of his undergraduate studies with Marilyn Keiser at Indiana University, he entered the Yale Institute of Sacred Music in 2008, where he studied with Martin Jean and Jeffrey Brillhart.  In 2010, he became one of the few Americans in the history of the Haarlem Organ Festival invited to compete in its world-renowned contest in improvisation. More recently, he was featured as one of the “Top 20 under 30” in the May 2015 issue of The Diapason magazine. He holds both Masters in Music and Divinity from Yale, as well as a Certificate in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School, and is a Postulant for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church.


  • Admission
    • Free
    • $10 suggested donation
  • Dates Offered
    • September 11, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm