Deke Polifka was appointed Director of Music and Organist at St. Paul’s in January 2018. His duties include directing the Chancel Choir, serving as organist, and overseeing all aspects of the parish’s music. Previously, Deke served for eleven years as Organist and Choirmaster at Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Colorado Springs, CO, and was Assistant Conductor and accompanist for the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble. An active performer, he has presented organ recitals in venues such as the National Cathedral, and has collaborated with orchestra for performances of Barber’s Toccata Festiva, the Poulenc Concerto and Joseph Schwantner’s September Canticle. Deke holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance and chamber music from The Catholic University of America, as well as Artist Diploma in organ performance from The University of Denver. In 2013, he spent a summer sabbatical in France, playing many of the significant instruments in and around Paris and studying French organ repertoire with Marie-Louise Langlais. Deke is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists (AAGO) and has served in various leadership positions for that organization. He and his wife Joyce have three children (Elle, Luke and Jane) and two miniature dachshunds – they very much enjoy spending time outdoors, cooking, and making music together.