David Hurd

Friday, October 21, 2016
7:30 PM
Christ United Methodist Church

Education Event

David Hurd will offer a composition masterclass at UNCG on Thursday, October 20, 2016. No registration required.

Artist Bio

The only time the International Congress of Organists was held in the United States (Philadelphia 1977), a young organist from New York City was awarded the First Prize in Organ Performance by a panel of distinguished international judges. The next day, another panel of distinguished judges from around the world, again operating in the blind, awarded the First Prize in Organ Improvisation—and the winner was the same young American organist. DAVID HURD, then Music Director at the Church of the Intercession (Episcopal) in Harlem, within the space of a couple of days had walked away with the two most prestigious organ prizes in the world at the time.

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 at Chapel Hill 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.



  • Sinfonia: Cantata 29 Johann Sebastian Bach
    (1685-1750) Chorus: Dona nobis pacem from Mass in B Minor
  • Chorale Prelude: Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, BWV 658 Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Prelude & Double Fugue in F Minor Johann Ludwig Krebs
  • Suite in Three movements (1998) David Hurd
    (b. 1950) Organ Point
  • Four Spiritual Preludes (2002) David Hurd
    Oh, what a Beautiful City
    Go Down, Moses
    Were you There
    Deep River
  • Toccata (1991) David Hurd
  • Improvisation

Program subject to change at the discretion of the artist(s).