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Frank E. Perko III, Director of Music
Frank Perko III is currently the Director of Worship, Music and Arts, and organist, at First Plymouth Congregational Church, in Englewood, Colorado. He has served as a church musician, since the young age of ten, and has served as Director of Music, and as primary organist for numerous churches across the United States.
A native to Colorado, Mr. Perko began his studies of the organ at the age of nine, and was performing professionally by the age of eleven. He was a regular performer at the Mighty Wurlitzer organs in the Denver Paramount Theater and at the Organ Grinder Pizza Restaurant.
Mr. Perko holds a Bachelors of Music degree from Colorado State University, and a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Mr. Perko has also completed his course work towards his Doctoral degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and in conjunction with his degrees holds cognates in choral direction, orchestral conducting, and music theory.
Among his over 20 private teachers, he has studied with Dr. Roberta Gary and Mr. Robert Cavarra. During his time at CSU, Mr. Perko specialized in extensive studies in the field of organ construction and design while under the instruction of Robert Cavarra. While in Cincinnati, and under the instruction of Dr. Roberta Gary, Mr. Perko studied and practiced extensively in the styles of early music, early organ design, early organ construction and dispositions, and in early organ techniques, manners of playing, and fingerings. In addition, Mr. Perko was the graduate teaching assistant to Dr. Roberta Gary, teaching classes and private organ lessons at the conservatory. Mr. Perko placed 1st, and won numerous prestigious organ competitions at the national level, and won the Strader International Organ Competition in 1996. Mr. Perko served as organist and music director in various churches in Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky, and in addition, owned and maintained a large and active piano studio.
Prior to returning to Colorado in 2002, Frank played a key role as consultant to the congregation of Lakeside Presbyterian Church during their search for a new pipe organ, a search that culminated in the purchase of a prestigious $785,000 pipe organ, Op.144 by Fritz Noack.
Frank continues to perform in numerous concerts throughout the United States, in churches, theaters, and concert halls. He has become known for his musical innovation, creativity, and knowledge of organ registration. In addition he is a master MIDI specialist. Using the advanced capabilities of tonal sound generation through digital technology, and in conjunction with the acoustic pipe organ, Mr. Perko delivers live, virtuosic, real time performances of vast repertoires of music…carefully orchestrating and arranging music for the organ, by such composers as Bach, Albinoni, Mussorgsky, Rossini, Saint-Saëns, Barber, John Williams, and by modern pop musicians and bands such as, Walter Murphy, Sister Sledge, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Lady Gaga. Mr. Perko has been called upon by the Rodgers Organ Company in order to dedicate and demonstrate new instruments both in lecture settings and in concert. In 2016, Mr. Perko served as organ consultant to First Plymouth Congregational Church. In this capacity, Mr. Perko managed the project, which involved replacement of the 1958 Reuter organ console, and integrating and installing 20 channels of stunning audio. A state of the art, fully digital/MIDI capable, three manual Rodgers Infinity 361 Platinum organ console, has been fully integrated to the Reuter pipe organ, and has resulted in Denver’s largest, and most technologically advanced pipe/digital hybrid pipe organ.