CVAE WELCOMES DEKE POLIFKA
AS OUR NEW ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR AND PRINCIPAL ACCOMPANIST!
Deke Polifka has served as Organist & Choirmaster at Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church since 2007. He directs choirs for all ages, serves as principal organist, and oversees 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 in Washington, DC. This June, Deke completed the Artist Diploma program in Organ Performance at the University of Denver, where he was a student of Joseph Galema. He has earned the Associate (AAGO) certificate of the American Guild of Organists, has served as Dean of the Colorado Springs Chapter, and is an examiner for the AGO national certification program. During the summer of 2013, Deke studied French organ repertoire with Marie-Louise Langlais in Paris, as part of a sabbatical. In June 2014, he led 50 youth/adult choristers on a choral pilgrimage to England, with performances in Shrewsbury, Hereford, Oxford and Canterbury. In addition to his duties at Grace, he maintains an active performing career including recent recitals at Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver and for the national conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians. When not rehearsing, directing or performing, Deke can be found with wife Joyce, daughter Elle, and son Luke, hiking, skiing and cooking.
2015-2016 CONCERT SEASON
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The Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble (CVAE) is a regionally acclaimed chamber choir dedicated to excellence in the choral art. Founded in 1992 by Deborah Jenkins Teske, an accomplished conductor of choral music and opera, CVAE is committed to artistic excellence and community involvement. more>>
“A superb ensemble, not afraid of musical challenge, who express astounding professionalism and courage in performing repertoire from Renaissance to avant-garde.”
F. Joseph Docksey, Director of the University of Denver Lamont School of Music