Brooke Benfield

Brooke Benfield was nearly born on an organ bench. His mother was sternly admonished to not return for another lesson until “that child has been born” by her teacher, Paul Eichmeyer. Within two weeks Brooke made his entrance into the world. Piano lessons began around age 7 but he had no interest in the organ until his mother sat him down when he was 16 and made a case for at least trying it for a few lessons. Trying the organ for a few lessons turned into a Bachelors Degree in Music Education with a major in organ from Andrews University, Berrien Springs MI finished in 1981.

In the fall of 1983 after two long miserable years teaching music and 8th grade math at a private school in Redding CA, Brooke went back to school and obtained an Associate of Electronics Engineering Technology degree from Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham OR. He also started playing the organ for a small Lutheran church in Gresham. Full time work in the electronics industry began in 1985 and in February 1988 he became the organist for Gethsemane Lutheran Church.

Notable achievements during his tenure include overseeing the procurement of a fine 7′ Baldwin piano in 2000 and a new 4 manual 90+ stop organ in 2013. He played the dedication program for the organ in October 2013 which demonstrated the organs ability to accompany the church choir, lead a congregation in the singing of a hymn and to perform great organ literature. In April 2017 he shared a recital with choir director Cameron Griffith Herbert, accompanying her 13 selections on piano and organ as well as performing 8 solo compositions on the organ.

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