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J. David

J. David Hart
merican Organist J. David Hart began his professional career at the age of 10 and presented his first public concert at the age of 12. Mr. Hart has concertized extensively throughout the United States, including performances at the Riverside Church in New York City and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis as well as major churches, colleges and universities. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1989. He has been featured as organ soloist with major American symphony orchestras including solo performances with conductors Michael Tilson Thomas of the San Francisco Symphony, Robert Page, Lorin Maazel, Istvan Jaray, Keith Lockhart and Skitch Henderson. He performed the American premiere of Sir Michael Tippett's The Mask of Time with conductor Andrew Davis.

A former National Treasurer and Regional Councilor of the 22,000 member American Guild of Organists, he is a Fellow of that organization and received the highest score nationally in the Associateship exam. He holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and was a member of its faculty for 5 years. He also served as College Organist at Chatham College in Pittsburgh from 1984 to 1991. His organ teachers include Donald Wilkins, Frederick Swann and Robert Anderson.

Hailed as a skilled improvisateur, Mr. Hart has played concerts, led workshops and taught master-classes for conventions and chapters of the American Guild of Organists, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians and other denominational organizations. He has extensive experience in conducting and vocal coaching, having led performances of such masterpieces as the Bach Mass in b minor, the Mozart Requiem, Handel's Messiah as well as other major choral and orchestral works.

Mr. Hart has served as Director of Music and Organist at the Oakmont Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For 19 years, he was with the well-known Shadyside Presbyterian Church, also in Pittsburgh, first as Assistant Organist under the tutelage of his mentor, Russell G. Wichmann. He later assumed the duties of Organist and Director of Music in 1987 where he led one of the nation's distinguished music programs. In 2000, Mr. Hart began an affiliation with the Johannus Orgelbouw of the Netherlands and has released a CD of the organ builder's Monarke Series. Mr. Hart continues to concertize and is the Amercian Artist for Johannus Orgelbouw.

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