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About the Organists

Bruce E. Ludwick, Jr.

Bruce Ludwick, Jr. is Director of Music and Organist at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Ludwick manages a liturgical music program composed of the semi-professional Cathedral Choir, Men’s Schola, Ladies’ Schola, Childrens’ Schola Cantorum, and cantor corps.  He organizes, plans, and provides music for all parish liturgies and served as director of music for all diocesan liturgies at the Cathedral. He was formerly Director of Music and Organist at St. Gabriel the Archangel Church in St. Louis, Missouri.  While in Austin, Texas, he was organist at St. Mary Cathedral for the Extraordinary Form Mass and evening Mass (featuring classical guitar and organ).  Ludwick has served Roman Catholic, Disciples of Christ, Episcopalian, and Church of the Brethren congregations in Missouri, Texas, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, and has concertized in these states as well.

Ludwick earned the Master of Music in Organ Performance with Emphasis in Sacred Music at the University of Texas at Austin where he studied with the late Gerre Hancock, Organist and Master of the Choristers Emeritus, St. Thomas Church, 5th Avenue. He earned the Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance and Music Education from West Virginia University as a student of William Haller. Other organ study was with the late David Craighead and Alan Lewis; his conducting study was with Kathleen Shannon.

Ludwick was faculty for the 2011 and 2013 Musica Sacra St. Louis conferences, and served as conference organist for the same gathering in 2012.  He was organist for the 2011 priestly ordinations of the Archdiocese of St. Louis at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis and the 2011 “Christmas at the Cathedral” concert series. In 2015, he was organist for the Faure Requiem at the CMAA Colloquium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was invited back for a solo recital in 2019 on the von Beckerath organ.

Ludwick served as Sub-Dean of the Birmingham Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and in similar roles for the St. Louis chapter. He maintains membership in the Organ Historical Society, of which he was an E. Power Biggs Fellow in 2001, and the Church Music Association of America, among other professional affiliations. Ludwick is a founding member of the early music choral group Highland Consort, and maintains a special interest in Gregorian chant, early music, and children’s music for the Catholic liturgy.  A native West Virginian, he lives in Birmingham with his wife, soprano Erin (Montalto) Ludwick, and sons, Joseph, Peter, Thomas, and Maximilian (Max).

Mark W. Hayes

Mark W. Hayes is the Assistant Organist at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Birmingham, Alabama. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Mark is a 1984 graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, earning a Bachelor of Music degree in organ.  He continued his studies in the graduate program at the University of North Texas, with emphasis in organ and harpsichord performance, and music theory.  While in Texas, Mark also worked as an apprentice for area organ builder Dan Garland, owner of Garland Pipe Organs.

Upon returning to Birmingham in the early 1990’s, Mark served in several area Churches, including 24 years as organist, and eventually Music Director at First United Methodist, downtown.  He also founded Hayes Pipe Organ Service, Inc. and began building a business as a pipe organ technician.  The company now services approximately 75 instruments in the southeast.

Mark is a member of the American Guild of Organists, where he serves on the Executive Committee.  He also maintains membership in the Organ Historical Society.

Mark is married to Kathryn (K. C.) Cook Hayes, and has two children, Michael and Elise.