Dr. David Hurd, Professor of Church Music, composed a choral anthem for a special interfaith evening liturgy, "From Darkness to Light," offered July 21, 2012, at the Washington National Cathedral as part the NAMES Project Foundation’s 25th anniversary display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Commissioned especially for the service, the nine-minute work, entitled "When night fell," is a setting of a text jointly authored by Carl P. Daw, Jr. and Adam M. L. Tice, and is scored for mixed voices, solo mezzo soprano, organ, and piano.
On the Cathedral website, the service is available for viewing. Also posted are an image gallery and the service leaflet which includes the text of the anthem.
From "When night fell"
The embers of their undefeated memory have kindled a dawn of hope, have shown through the lingering shadows how all earth’s peoples may be made whole and sound, may once more claim and share the light of joy, the light of peace, the light of love. For all that yet may be, we live in hope.
Professor Hurd participated in the University of Kansas European Organ Study Tour (May 16-28, 2012): Organs, Art, and Architecture of Italy. Restored organs from the 15th-17th Centuries, and the buildings in which they are installed, were visited, examined, heard, and played in Rome, Rieti, Florence, Bologna, Mantova and Venice.
Professor Hurd was the clinician for the 24th annual Diocese of East Carolina Church Music Conference, August 16-19, 2012.
On September 16, 2012, Professor Hurd performed an organ recital for St. Gabriel’s Church, Hollis, Queens, as part of the parish’s 125th anniversary celebration. The program included works of J. S. Bach, Herbert Howells, David Hurd, Felix Mendelssohn, Domenico Scarlatti, Glen Shannon, and Jan Zwart, as well as improvisation on a submitted theme.