Organist

“Our organ will never be the same again!”—Parishioners of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania

At Our Saviour’s Lutheran, Orange, California (August 2016).

Henry has performed in recital on the 66-stop Gress-Miles organ at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Davis Concert Hall (the largest organ in the State of Alaska), at Meridian Street Methodist (Indianapolis), and St. Patrick Roman Catholic (North Fayette Township, Pennsylvania). He has also performed as organist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Pines of Rome by Ottorino Respighi), The Bach Choir of Pittsburgh (Mozart's Requiem), the Abbey Brass, the Three Rivers Brass Quartet, the Carnegie Mellon Brass Quintet, and for churches in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey and Quebec.

Since moving to California early in 2016, he has performed in recitals sponsored by the AGO Orange County Chapter at the Laguna Presbyterian Church in Laguna Beach (May 2016), and the Palomar Chapter at the Village Community Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe (May 2016) and at the First Presbyterian Church of Oceanside (May 2017). Currently, Henry serves every Sunday as organist at House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Escondido, California, and also plays Saturday evening Masses at target="new"> Saint Martha Roman Catholic Church in Murrieta. He has also served as adjudicator for the American Guild of Organists Palomar Chapter Organ Scholarhip Competition.

Henry studied or attended masterclasses with Gerre Hancock, Father Gerard Farrel, OSB., John Ferguson, Donald K. Fellows, Kenneth Danchik, Alfred R. de Jaager and Kathy Sacco. He was awarded the Colleague Certificate (C.A.G.O.) by the American Guild of Organists. In addition to performing, he is available to teach organ students.

Playing the M. P. Möller pipe organ in the choir loft of the historic Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, Polish Hill, Pittsburgh (First Sunday of Advent: November 2006).

Henry has served as principal organist, choirmaster, and/or music director for:

Henry has also performed as a substitute organist at:

At St. Mary’s, McKees Rocks,
Pennsylvania (November 2000).

Among Roman Catholic churches, he has played at:

Henry has also performed for the Italian Sons and Daughters of America annual mass at Station Square presided by Bishop Anthony Bosco, and he has performed twice as organist and choirmaster for the weekly television mass broadcast by WPXI (channel 11 television) for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. In California, Henry has served as guest organist/pianist for:

Testimonials

At Grace Lutheran Church, Rochester, Pennsylvania (Christmas Eve, 2013).

• “I’ve been a member of this parish for eighty years and I’ve never heard anyone play our organ as well as you.—Usher, St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania (2001)

• “We felt like we were in heaven. . . listening to you play.—Sisters Minor of Mary Immaculate, St. Mary of Ostrabrama Roman Catholic Church, South River, New Jersey (February 19, 2002)

• “Henry’s performance at the May 2016 Members’ Recital of the Palomar Chapter of the American Guild of Organists was full of imaginative registrations and colorful phrases. Although I have not known Henry for very long, his warmth, collegiality, and playing impressed me.”—Dr. Michael Munson, adjunct faculty, Palomar College, San Marcos, California; Organist, First United Methodist Church of Escondido, California; Dean, Palomar Chapter, American Guild of Organists.

• “Henry Doktorski is a wonderful and imaginative organist who has enhanced our service with his superb playing and brilliant selection of repertoire! Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church has had the pleasure of having Henry substitute as our organist from May through September 2016 and we have thoroughly enjoyed his many creative talents as well as his uplifting and joyful personality. He will make a fine addition to the music faculty at any church or institution.”—Chelsea Dehn, Director of Music, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Orange, California.

• “When Henry served as substitute organist at Our Lady of Mount Carmel (September 3 and 4, 2016), he showed himself to be a very apt and versatile player. He was able to adapt to fast pace rehearsal and adjust registrations suitable for cantor, choir, and solo organ music. During the Sunday services, he also displayed fine improvisational skills for a post-communion reflection.”—Paul May, Director of Liturgical Music, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church, Rancho Peñasquitos, California.

• “Henry Doktorski has a wonderful musical sense and this was so evident when he played for our church as a substitute organist on Sunday morning (October 9, 2016). His fingers danced on the keys in a way that brought joy to our congregation. When he played our hymns he didn’t just play the notes written on the page, he interpreted what the music was telling him from the words written. Henry is talented and willing to please. If we did not already have a full-time organist, I would be hiring Henry.”—Pamela Scott, Music Chairman of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Poway-Rancho Bernardo, California.

• “I have known Henry Doktorski since around 2003 when he directed and played organ for a group of church choirs in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, including my St. Columbkille Church choir for a beautiful 25th anniversary Mass for a priest. I appreciated Henry’s artistry in planning, directing and playing the organ as well as his easy manner in directing. Henry is a consummate musician and it has been my pleasure to work with him and learn from him.”—Roberta Schillo, Music Director at St. Columbkille Church, Imperial, Pennsylvania

• “Henry Doktorski worked closely with me during his tenure as Minister of Music at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Oakdale (North Fayette Township), Pennsylvania (2003-2005). He is a gifted leader and master musician. He always went ‘above and beyond’ his job requirements and is extremely dependable. I marvel at the extraordinary accomplishments he has fulfilled with humility and fortitude.”—Georgene Albrecht, Alto Section Leader, St. Patrick Church, North Fayette Township, Pennsylvania

• “Henry is a continual source of inspiration to me. His many talents, and zest for life, are ever-expanding.”—Robert G. Farrell, Founder and Director of the Armstrong Community Choir of Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, and Composer-In-Residence at St. Paul Cathedral, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

• “Henry is a very intelligent, multi-talented man. His musical abilities are a joy to behold: piano, organ, accordion; they all sing in his hands. During his tenure as Music Director at Grace Lutheran (2006-2015), he made our small choir sound like so much more than we are. We enjoyed his friendship and wish him well in California.”—Karen Baker, Alto Section Leader, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Chancel Choir, Rochester, Pennsylvania

Online Recordings

At Ingomar United Methodist Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (May 2005).

Henry plays the 3-manual and pedal Robert Knight hybrid organ (32 pipe stops, 25 Allen digital stops) at Saint Martha Catholic Church (Murietta, California)

Henry’s own composition: Fantasy on Marty Haugen’s “Gather Us In”

Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man

Henry plays the nine-rank 2-manual and pedal 1989 Schlicker organ at House of Prayer Lutheran Church (Escondido, California)

J. S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in Gm (BWV 558)

Three Pieces by Anonymous 18th-Century French Composers (compiled by Père Pingré): Prélude, Prélude à 2 Chœurs, Fugue grave.

Five Pieces by Anonymous 18th-Century French Composers (compiled by Père Pingré): Fugue Grave Cromatique, Duo, Récit de Trompette, Cornet, Basse de Cromorne.

Henry plays the 25-rank 2-manual and pedal Schlicker organ at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church (Rochester, Pennsylvania)

J. S. Bach: In dulci jubilo (BWV 751)

Jean-Joseph Mouret: Rondeau

Improvisation on “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”

Improvisation on “Easter Hymn”

Henry plays the 4-rank 2-manual and pedal Wicks organ at St. Patrick Church (North Fayette Township, Pennsylvania)

J. S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C (BWV 553)

J. S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in F (BWV 556)

J. S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G (BWV 557)