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Behnke, John

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Dr. John A. Behnke (b. 1953) is Emeritus Professor of Music of Concordia University Wisconsin. He retired from Concordia in 2015. He is also organist at Historic Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in downtown Milwaukee where he plays on an 1878 Schuelke organ.

Dr. Behnke is also a frequent organ recitalist, handbell clinician, and festival director. Beginning in July, 2003, he became the new Music Editor for the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers. He enjoys composing and arranging, having handbell, choral, and organ compositions in print with seventeen different publishers in the United States, Germany, and Taiwan.

He was honored in December of 1993 being named "MVP" Most Valuable Player in the Milwaukee area by Milwaukee Sentinel music critic, Nancy Raabe. He has also received an ASCAP Composers Award every year since 1998.

A 1974 graduate of Concordia-River Forest, IL. he received his M.Mus. in Church Music and Organ from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. in 1978. His D.Mus. was awarded to him in 1984 by Northwestern University where he was elected into the Alpha Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, a National Honorary Music Society.    From August 1978 to July 1979 Dr. Behnke studied at the Westphalian Church Music Institute in Herford, W. Germany, where he passed the "A" Exam in Organ with the grade of "1-Excellent."


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