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Deke Polifka

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Organist and Choirmaster | 719-328-1125 ext 306

Deke has been organist and choirmaster at Grace and St. Stephen’s since 2006. His passion for the Anglican musical tradition is infused throughout all aspects of his roles as director of choirs of all ages, principal organist and overseer of the long-standing Taylor Memorial Concert Series. Deke holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance and chamber music from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and recently completed the Artist Diploma program in Organ Performance at The University of Denver. Deke is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists (AAGO) and has served as Dean of the Colorado Springs Chapter. An active recitalist, he maintains a busy performing schedule, and has been featured in national conferences of the Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada, the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, and the Association of Anglican Musicians. In addition to his duties here, Deke serves as assistant conductor of the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble. When not rehearsing, directing or performing, Deke can be found with wife Joyce, and children Elle, Luke and Jane, hiking, skiing and cooking.