Richard Wayne Dirksen (1921 - July 26, 2003) was an American musician and composer, who served as Organist and Choirmaster of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., from 1977 to 1988. Previously he was Assistant Organist and Choirmaster from 1942 to 1964. In 1969, Dirksen was named the cathedral's precentor, giving him administrative oversight of all worship services until his retirement in 1991.
Dirksen composed extensively, mostly choral and organ works, and his music continues to be regularly featured on broadcasts from the Cathedral. His 1974 opus, VINEYARD HAVEN, has been called "widely acclaimed as one of the finest hymn tunes of our day", by editors of hymnology.
Dirksen was born in Freeport, Illinois, the eldes… Go to person page >