Monday, September 1, 2008
Alumnus Joseph Ripka,
who earned his bachelor’s in
piano and organ in 2004,
was awarded first prize at the
Dublin (Ireland) International
Organ Competition in June.
The prestigious competition
included a week-long series
of competitive rounds that
narrowed a field of 16 quarterfinalists
to three finalists.
Ripka was announced as the first-place winner following
a public performance at Dublin's renowned Christ Church
Cathedral. He was awarded 5,000 Euros and 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
The musician is pursuing the 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. While studying
the organ at St. Cloud State, Ripka taught piano for a year at Saint
John’s University, Collegeville, Minn., and was church organist at
St. John’s Episcopal and Salem Lutheran Church, St. Cloud, Minn.
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