Benjamin Kolodziej holds an undergraduate degree in organ performance as well as graduate degrees in sacred music and theology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. His primary organ studies have been with Robert Anderson, Larry Palmer, Richard DeLong, George Baker and Jon Gillock. He has performed solo organ concerts in Norway, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, and throughout the UK. A frequent performer for concerts and hymn festivals in the USA, venues include St. Patrick’s Cathedral and St. Thomas Church in New York City, Washington National Cathedral, and St. Phillip’s Cathedral in Atlanta. He is a frequent writer on topics of organ and church music for national publications, including The American Organist. He also specializes in authentic organ accompaniment of silent movies. As a hobby, he collects antiquarian hymnals and theological literature.
Dorothy Young Riess,
("Dr. Dorothy") won her first competition at age seven. Her father, Roy Wallace Young, a concert violinist, coached her in dynamics and interpretation. As a teenager, she studied advanced piano with Dean Clarence Burg at Oklahoma City University and performed the Gershwin Piano Concerto with the OCU symphony at 14. The summer of her 16th year she took organ lessons to become high school organist and had her own radio show of pop tunes on the Hammond at KTOW, Oklahoma City.
At the University of Oklahoma she became a protégé of the legendary Mildred Andrews and won many competitions including first place in the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Playing in San Francisco, 1952, at age 20. After graduation in 1953, she studied in France with Marcel Dupré and was guest organist at the American Church, Ave George V, Paris. A chance encounter led to a position as organist and choirmaster at Church of the Holy Spirit, Nice, France, and later, at St Paul's Within the Walls, Rome, Italy where she served for two years.
Awarded a full scholarship to Yale University, she performed her Masters recital in Woolsey Hall, including the difficult and seldom heard "Variations on a Recitative" by Schoenberg. The death of her beloved father from complications of diabetes changed her life resulting in a decision to become a doctor. After pre-med studies at Columbia University, New York, she was admitted to The University of Oklahoma School of Medicine at age 33, and awarded a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1969. She practiced Internal Medicine until retirement in 2000.
After relocating to Las Vegas she resumed organ playing, and joined the American Guild of Organists, Southern Nevada and Los Angeles Chapters. She performed her 75th birthday concert at The University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2006, her 80th at UNLV in 2011, and will play her 85th on May 20, 2016, also at UNLV. She maintains an active concert schedule to share the music she loves with her friends. For more details and a sample of her work, please visit: www.dyriessmd.com
Frederick Burgomaster is Organist and Choirmaster of Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, and Conductor and Music Director of the Indianapolis Festival Chorus and Orchestra. He holds a DMA degree from the University of Southern California, an SMM degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and the Associate Certificate from the American Guild of Organists. As a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, he studied organ and conducting for two years in Munich, Germany with noted Bach interpreter Karl Richter, and sang with the Munich Bach Choir. He was also a scholarship grantee at the International Bach Week in Ansbach. He was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship for advanced choral study in Oxford, England. A former president of the Association of Anglican Musicians, he has also served on the Standing Commission on Church Music of the Episcopal Church.