First in international organ competition

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Joseph Ripka ’04

Joseph Ripka

Joseph Ripka ’04, who earned his bachelor’s in piano and organ, was awarded first prize at the Dublin (Ireland) International Organ Competition in June. He was named the first-place winner following a public performance by the finalists at Dublin’s renowned Christ Church Cathedral. His award included a recital tour of King’s College, Westminster Cathedral and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, as well as other venues in Ireland, the Netherlands and the U.K.

Ripka is pursuing an artist’s diploma in organ at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music after completing his master’s degree in piano and organ at the University of Kansas in 2006.

At St. Cloud State Ripka studied organ with Professor Emeritus Charles Echols and piano with Professor Carmen Wilhite. He taught piano for a year at Saint John’s University, Collegeville, and was church organist at St. John’s Episcopal and Salem Lutheran Church, St. Cloud.

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