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David Hurd

  • Composer
  • Organist


Two decades later David Hurd is widely recognized as one of the foremost church musicians and concert organists in the country, with a long list of awards, prizes, honors and achievements to his credit. He studied both at the Preparatory Division of the Juilliard School and at Manhattan's High School of Music and Art. Later he attended Oberlin College in Ohio, graduating with a music degree in 1971, and went on for further study at the University of North Carolina and, back in New York, at the Manhattan School of Music. His organ teachers have included Bronson Ragan, Garth Peacock, Arthur Poister, and Rudolph Kremer.

Since 1976, David Hurd has worked at The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City, first as Director of Chapel Music and later also as Professor of Church Music and Organist. In the late eighties, three other seminaries awarded him honorary doctorates for his contributions to church music.

David Hurd is the composer of dozens of choral and organ works published by a number of major houses. He was Vice Chairman of the Standing Commission on Church Music of the Episcopal Church for a number of years.

As a concert organist David Hurd enjoys increasing recognition both at home and abroad. He has performed throughout North America, and has been a featured artist at both national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists. In 1981 he was invited to perform at the Internationaal Orgelfestival Haarlem, which meets in Gouda, the Netherlands, during which he received the diploma for improvisation at the Stitchting Internationaal Orgelconcours.

For relaxation David Hurd may take a break from composing and from the organ, but not from music. He loves to play recorders, and is accomplished on instruments from Sopranino through Contrabass. Evenings, when not on the road performing, may well find him practicing with the Chelsea Winds, an ensemble he helped found in 1993.