Ben Kerswell serves as Cantor of Christ the King Lutheran Church and Associate Director of Bach Society Houston. He is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Organ Performance at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where he studies with and completed his Master of Music in Organ Performance under Ken Cowan. While at St. Olaf College, a school of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, he studied organ with Dr. Catherine Rodland and previously with Joanne Rodland. As a member of the St. Olaf Choir, he sang with the group, served as an accompanist, and served as the bass section leader. While his time in the choir made a lasting impression in many ways, he is especially thankful to have found his wife Amy through the experience.
An active recitalist, Ben performed as a Rising Star at the 2018 National AGO Convention in Kansas City, and he was a semi-finalist in the 2020 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance before its cancellation. He previously was Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas and the Church of St. Louis, King of France in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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