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www.gts.edu - Dr. David J. Hurd

Dr. David J. Hurd
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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


David Hurd was born in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up in Queens, attending both the High School of Music and Art and the Juilliard School before finishing as an organ major at Oberlin College.  His principal graduate work was done in organ performance at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.   He has served as Assistant Organist of Trinity Church and St. Paul's Chapel, and as Director of Music at the Chapel of the Intercession, All Saints Church, and the Church of the Holy Apostles, all in Manhattan.  Since 1976 he has been a faculty member at The General Theological Seminary where he is currently Professor of Church Music and Director of Chapel Music.  He has held regular and adjunct faculty appointments also at Duke University, the Manhattan School of Music, Westminster Choir College and Yale University.  

 

In 1977 he was awarded first prizes both in organ playing and in improvisation at the International Congress of Organists.  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 concertized extensively under the representation of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists for over 30 years and has been a judge for many local, national and international competitions in the areas of organ performance, improvisation and composition.

 

He has received doctorates, honoris causa, from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, The Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA, and from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL.  He has received numerous recognitions including the Distinguished Composer Award for 2010 of the American Guild of Organists, and The African Diaspora Sacred Music Living Legend Award, 2011, by California State University, Dominguez Hills, and the Georgia & Nolan Payton Archive for the Study of African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians.  

 

Dr. Hurd’s extensive catalogue of musical compositions emphasizes organ and choral works.  His liturgical works are published and known internationally and ecumenically.  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 and the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. 

 

In another sphere of music-making Dr. Hurd 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. 

 

 

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.

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