David Hurd
David Hurd is a composer, concert organist, choral director and educator.

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David Hurd is a composer, concert organist, choral director and educator. In a career that spanned 39 years, he served as Professor of Church Music and Organist, Director of Chapel Music, at the General Theological Seminary, Chelsea, New York City, until leaving that position in June, 2015.

Hurd is a native New Yorker who attended 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 undertaken 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 Church of the Intercession, All Saints Church, and the Church of the Holy Apostles, all in Manhattan. He joined General Seminary as the Director of Chapel Music in 1976 and was appointed Professor of Church Music and Organist in 1984.

David regularly works with congregations and organizations seeking to commission new anthems and organ works. His premieres include "Gloria, gloria," for 4-part choir and instrumental accompaniment, commissioned by the Boy's Choir of Harlem, and premiered at Avery Fisher Hall; "O the Depth of Love Divine," for 4-part choir, brass and organ, commissioned by The Rt. Rev. Neil Alexander, Bishop of Atlanta, and premiered at his consecration; and "Arioso & Final" for organ, commissioned by the Queens Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. "Sonata for Saxophone and Organ," commissioned by the Hall-Powers Duo, premiered in Ljubljana, Slovenia at the International Saxophone Congress in 2006.

He holds honorary doctorates from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, and Church Divinity School of the Pacific, given in recognition of his contributions to sacred music. In 1977 he received first prizes in both organ performance and in organ improvisation from the International Congress of Organists—the only person to ever win both prizes in the same year.