David A Hairston, II
FSCO, FIGOC, FGMS, FHCO

About the Artist

PERSONAL/FAMILY:
Mother, a retired elementary school teacher.  Father a retired US Army sergeant. Three older brothers: a medical technician, a speech pathologist and a retired state police senior investigator.

EDUCATION:
Tested age three by Hofstra and Princeton universities.

Attended Hofstra University's Early Childhood Center and is featured in the textbook Helping Children Grow: The Adults' Role by Grossman and Keyes.

The Waldorf School of Garden City - one of many world wide whose curriculum is based on the philosophy of Austrian educator, Rudolf Steiner. Studied ten years of German, French, Eurythmy and recorder, two years of Latin, 12 years of music and art, eight years of violin, and performed four years with the Waldorf Singers.

Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ. A world class music institution recognized for its sacred music and organ departments.  A major in Sacred Music with a concentration in organ with a minor in voice.  As part of the curricula, classes were held at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton University and Westminster Choir College.  Studied music theory and harmony, music history, conducting techniques and methods, rehearsal techniques, choral techniques and methods (group vocal techniques), Church history, Church music practicum, Kodàly, Orff, piano pedagogy, voice pedagogy, organ pedagogy, handbells, methods of teaching, orchestral arranging, Westminster Chapel Choir, Westminster Symphonic Choir, and more....

Currently serves as the Organist and Choirmaster at Grace Episcopal Church   and studies organ with David Enlow.

AWARDS:

  • Long Island German Teachers' Sprachfest Instrumental.
  • Long Island French Teachers'
  • A piece of the Berlin Wall
  • 1st place by the Goethe Institute of NYC
  • Four year college scholarship by the Waldorf Parents Association on an essay regarding racial issues.
  • The Alma Ziegler Thorne Award in Organ performance.

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

  • The American Guild of Organists  (AGO) NYC Chapter
  • National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC)
  • American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)


PROFESSIONAL FELLOWSHIPS:

  • FSCO - Fellow of the Society of Crematorium Organists
  • FIGOC - Fellow of the Irish Guild of Organists & Choristers
  • FGMS - Fellow of the Guild of Musicians and Singers
  • FHCO - Fellow of the Honourable Company of Organists (Canada)

 

PERFORMANCES:
With Westminster Chapel Choir, toured as Tenor II and pre-concert organist at various universities and churches in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Indiana, West Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin under the baton of James M. Jordan.

With Westminster Symphonic Choir as Tenor II with the New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia orchestras and the American Boys' Choir at various concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall (Lincoln Center), Trenton War Memorial, Philadelphia Academy of Music, and many others under the Artistic Director Joseph Flummerfelt and the batons of Wolfgang Sawallish, Ricardo Muti, Kurt Masur, and Zdenek Macal.  Major symphonic works such as Dvorak's Stabat Mater, Brittan's War Requiem, Orff's O Fortuna, Brahms' Eine Deutches Requiem, Honegger's Jeanne D'Arc, and others were recorded on compact disc and sold under such labels as Delos and Telarc.

HONORED GUEST OF:
The Hon. Rudolph Guiliani, former Mayor of NYC
The Most Rev. George Carey,  retired Archbishop of Canterbury (England)
Craig Cramer and Gail Walton+, concert duo and professor of organ at Notre Dame University
Simon Preston, Former Organist and Master of the Choristers of Westminster Abbey.
Peter Conte,Court Organist at Wannamaker Store, Philadelphia, PA
Michael McKean, professional actor and musician
John Bertalot, former Organist and Choirmaster of Trinity (Episcopal) Church, Princeton,NJ

 

OPEN INVITATIONS TO PERFORM:
Western Europe
Northeastern US
Southeastern US

STUDENT OF:

Elizabeth Rose (Violin)
James "Skip" Paulin+ (Organ)
Nancy and Robert Ludwig (Organ)
Robert Carwithen (Organ)
David Enlow (Organ)
José Ramos Santana (Piano)
Pablo Lavandera (Piano)
Paulo Faustini (Voice) + Deceased

OTHER:
The Hairstons by Henry Wiencek


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