“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), the San Diego Chapter at Mission Hills United Church of Christ (October 2017), and the Palomar Chapter at the Village Community Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe (May 2016), the First Presbyterian Church of Oceanside (May 2017), Trinity Episcopal Church in Escondido (October 2017), First United Methodist in Escondido (May 2018), Trinity Lutheran Church (October 2018), House of Prayer Lutheran, Escondido (November 2019), and Gloria Dei Lutheran, Escondido (May 2022).

Henry also performed a solo recital at the First Congregational Church of Escondido in March 2023. Currently, Henry serves every Sunday as organist at House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Escondido, California. From 2016 to 2020 he also played Saturday evening Masses at Saint Martha Roman Catholic Church in Murrieta. He served as Dean for the American Guild of Organists Palomar Chapter for two terms (2019-2021), and has also served as an adjudicator for the chapter’s Organ Scholarship Competition.

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:


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

• “Henry is by far the most awesome and talented organist EVER!!!”—Patti Engelbrecht, Parishioner, House of Prayer Lutheran Church, Escondido, California (April 2020)

• “A special thank you to Henry, who brings his knowledge, talent and sense of humor to us each week. We are truly blessed to have him at House of Prayer! He certainly knows how to make music fun, while bringing out the best in all of us!”—Carol Gross, Music Director, House of Prayer Lutheran Church, Escondido, California, published in House of Prayer’s monthly newsletter, Glad Tidings (May 2019)

• “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).

To hear more than two dozen of Henry’s organ soundfiles, go to Henry’s Pipe Organ Recordings