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Joseph Ripka - Calvary Choirmaster and Organist
Joseph is in demand as a concert organist and has performed recitals throughout the United States and Europe. He received high praise in a review from the Boston Musical Intelligencer for his performance at Holy Cross College in Worcester Massachusetts on the renowned Taylor and Boody Opus 9 instrument. 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. Mr. Ripka’s recitals have been aired on American Public Media's Pipedreams several times; he was invited by Michael Barone to be the featured artist for the 25th anniversary celebration of Pipedreams in 2008 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Mr. Ripka is also a performing pianist, concertizing frequently with his wife violinist Erin Kathryn Ripka as the Ripka Duo.
Mr. Ripka is the organist and choirmaster at Calvary Church, as well as the artistic director of the Calvary Music School. He was previously organ scholar at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fairfield, Connecticut, organist/choirmaster at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Kansas City, and organist/choir director at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Parma, OH.
Mr. Ripka received the prestigious Artist Diploma in organ from the Oberlin Conservatory where he studied with James David Christie. He holds Master of Music degrees in piano and organ performance from the University of Kansas and Bachelor of Music degrees in piano and organ performance from Saint Cloud State University, MN. Joseph completed further graduate studies at the Yale Institute of Sacred music, where he studied organ with Martin Jean and organ improvisation with Jeff Brillhart. At Yale, he was the recipient of the Robert Baker stipend, which is given to a student deemed to be among the top 1 or 2 percent of the young organists in the country, the 2010 Charles Ives Prize by the Yale School of Music as the most outstanding organ student, the 2010 Mary Baker scholarship in organ accompanying by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and the 2011 Alumni Prize awarded by the Yale School of Music.
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