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Frank E. Perko III, Director of Music
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Colorado native Frank E. Perko III has been Director of Music at First Plymouth since 2006. Before returning to Colorado in 2002, Frank served as consultant for the new, $785,000 Noack tracker pipe organ, installed in Lakeside Presbyterian Church, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. Perko holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance from Colorado State University, and a Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance, with cognates in both choral conducting and music theory, from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He has served as organist and music director in various churches and has taught classes and private organ instruction. He also owned and maintained his own large and active piano teaching studio while living in Ohio. Frank began his studies of the organ at age nine and was performing professionally by age eleven. He was a regular performer at the Mighty Wurlitzer organs in the Paramount Theater, and the Organ Grinder Pizza Restaurant in Denver. He continues to perform in concerts around the country in churches and concert halls, both at the classic organ, and at the Mighty Wurlitzer theater organ. He has won numerous organ competitions throughout the United States, and placed first in the Strader International Organ Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1996.

 

Benjamin Ehrlich, Assistant Director of Music
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Born at Wright-Patterson AFB, but a native of Bainbridge, Georgia, Benjamin has studied organ with Mark Coffey, Laura Ellis and Joseph Galema, and piano with Annette Joe, Betty Sue Shepherd, and Edward Kilenyi. He received his Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Florida and the Service Playing Certificate from the American Guild of Organists. While residing in the South, Benjamin served churches in Georgia and Florida as pianist and organist, including eight years as Organist at First United Methodist Church in Gainesville, Florida. Benjamin is a past Dean of the Denver Rocky Mountain chapter, American Guild of Organists, and is currently serving as Calendar Coordinator. Benjamin is active in the Denver area as an accompanist, working regularly with the Young Voices of Colorado and the choirs at Jefferson Jr./Sr. High, Edgewater, and Sandoval Elementary, Denver.