Dr. David J. Hurd
Office: Seabury Hall, Third Floor
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
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.