Online Resources for Making Music

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Where Did You Find THAT? Online Resources for Making Music

A former dean of the Dallas Chapter of AGO, Benjamin Kolodziej, has developed a presentation dedicated to exploring "Online Resources for the Church Organist." He has sifted through most beneficial websites which provide copyright-free music to download. He has discovered long-lost sets of lovely chorale preludes and hymn settings which deserve to be heard, and  composers who should be better known. He has also discovered some living composers whose music is incredibly practical for the organist having to learn new music each week. It is often overwhelming to confront, for example, IMSLP, the main website for copyright free music which most of us use, if one is looking for a chorale prelude easy enough to learn for the next
Sunday's service. He has compiled a list of recommendations which narrows down the manifold choices in that library in order to curate the music for the average organist who'd rather spend time learning new music than searching it out.

Benjamin Kolodziej is Organist and Choirmaster at St John's Episcopal Church in Dallas, and Chapel Organist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He holds degrees in organ performance, sacred music, and theology, having concertized
throughout the USA and in England, Italy, Norway, Germany, and Austria. He has presented on organ repertoire to AGO chapters and denominational groups throughout the country, and his own music is published by CPH, Augsburg, and GIA. He has
published articles in numerous journals including The American Organist, The Diapason, Theatre Organ, and the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology.

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