Benjamin Clark- Shop Technician
Organist and pianist Benjamin Clark is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts student in Organ Performance at the University of Oklahoma. He also holds master’s degrees in Organ Performance (Oklahoma City University) and Collaborative Piano (Univ. of Northern Colorado), as well as dual bachelor’s degrees in Piano and Chemistry (Michigan State University). Raised in Longmont, CO, where he began studying the piano at the age of four, Mr. Clark began actively pursuing and performing in recitals and competitions by middle school. Throughout his education he has continued to maintain an active performing schedule. He has been employed as the organist at St. Eugene Roman Catholic Church in The Village, OK since summer 2016, and he also works as a collaborative pianist in the voice department at Oklahoma City University. In conjunction with his study of the organ’s literature and performance technique, Mr. Clark has also taken an interest in the mechanical workings and construction of the instrument. He has technical experience working as a graduate assistant in the shop of the former American Organ Institute at OU, as well as an internship with the late Roger Banks of Edmond, OK. In late 2018 Mr. Clark rescued a neglected non-playing Austin unit organ from imminent destruction, rebuilding it himself over many months and restoring it to playing condition. A beautiful example of early 1920’s American church organ building, Austin Organ Co.’s Opus 994 now resides proudly in his apartment. Mr. Clark also enjoys nature walks, cooking, cycling, and PC gaming.