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Dr. David J. Hurd
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Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio - B.Mus. 1971
Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, New Haven, CT - Mus.D., honoris causa, 1987
Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA - D.S.M., honoris causa, 1988
Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL - L.H.D., honoris causa, 1988
Professor David Hurd is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He was appointed to the faculty of General Seminary in 1976. Prior to his undergraduate studies at Oberlin College, he attended both the High School of Music and Art and the Juilliard School in Manhattan. He has, at various times, served as Assistant Organist of Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel, and Organist and Director of Music at The Church of the Intercession and at All Saints’ Church. He has held regular and adjunct faculty appointments at Duke University, the Manhattan School of Music, Westminster Choir College and Yale University. Since 1997, he has been Organist and Music Director at the Church of the Holy Apostles, Chelsea, concurrently with his appointment at General.
In 1977 Prof. Hurd was awarded first prizes both in organ playing and in improvisation at the International Congress of Organists. He has concertized extensively throughout North America since that time under the representation of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists. In 1981, he was invited to perform at the Internationaal Orgelfestival Haarlem, meeting in Gouda, the Netherlands, during which he received the diploma for improvisation of the Stichting Internationaal Orgelconcours. He has participated in the adjudication of several major competitions in the areas of organ, improvisation and composition. He has received many commissions for choral, organ, and instrumental works. Premieres of his commissioned works have been in such major New York venues as Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, Trinity Church (Wall Street), and the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. He has a considerable catalogue of published choral and organ compositions including a recently released collection of 77 hymn settings entitled “I Sing as I Arise Today.” His liturgical compositions are represented in many denominational and ecumenical hymnals in North America and abroad. He has received numerous recognitions including being named Distinguished Composer for 2010 by the American Guild of Organists.
In another sphere of music-making he performs regularly with Chelsea Winds, a recorder consort of which he was a founding member in 1993 and for which he has arranged much music. He has also been Assistant Director of the Manhattan Recorder Orchestra.