Seven Eight Artists adds Jacob Benda and Eric Plutz

March 14, 2019
Jacob Benda and Eric Plutz
Jacob Benda and Eric Plutz

Seven Eight Artists announces the additions of Jacob Benda and Eric Plutz to its roster.

Jacob Benda is featured as solo recitalist at cathedrals, festivals, and universities throughout the United States. Recent engagements include performances at the Basilica of St. Mary (Minneapolis), Christ Church Cathedral (New Orleans), St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral (Jackson, Mississippi), Plymouth Congregational Church (Seattle), the 2018 East Texas Pipe Organ Festival, Wesleyan University, and the University of Texas.

Since 2010 he has promoted the music of American organist and composer Clarence Mader (1904–1971). He has lectured on the life and music of Mader at Yale University and at the 2014 American Guild of Organists convention in Boston. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University where he studied with Herndon Spillman. Benda currently serves as director of music and liturgy at Nativity of Mary Catholic Church, Bloomington, Minnesota.

Princeton University Organist Eric Plutz performs across the United States and abroad. A recording artist, Plutz has released four solo albums on the Pro Organo label as well as two recordings on the Princeton University Chapel organ. To mark the sesquicentennial of the birth of Louis Vierne, Plutz will perform the composer’s six organ symphonies in the 2019–2020 and 2020–2021 seasons.

Originally from Rock Island, Illinois, Plutz earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College and a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music.

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