Date & Price
Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Free with Gardens Admission
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis
Organist and director of music at The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, and Conductor and Music Director of Delaware ChoralArts, David Christopher skillfully communicates ideas of interpretation, technique, and artistry in his multi-faceted repertoire, including works by composers from the baroque era through the 21st century.
More about David Christopher
David Christopher has a varied career as organist, conductor, church musician, and teacher. Born in Philadelphia and raised in southern Delaware, Christopher received his undergraduate degree at West Chester University and graduate degree in organ performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Beginning his early organ studies with Shirley Miller at St. John’s Methodist Church in Seaford, DE, and later with John Holland at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury, MD, Christopher gave his first organ recital at the age of 14 and was appointed organist and choirmaster at St. Peter’s in the Great Valley (Paoli, PA) at the age of 17. Soon afterwards, he became a frequent performer at Longwood Gardens following Clarence Snyder’s retirement as resident organist. Christopher went on to study with some notable organ teachers including Robert Elmore, Harry Wilkinson, Alan Morrison, and more recently, Donald Sutherland at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
As a recitalist, Christopher’s repertoire includes a wide range of styles and genres. In addition to the standard organ repertoire, recital programs often include works for children, works based on Negro Spirituals and Gregorian Chant, and a variety of orchestral transcriptions. Also a well-known conductor, Christopher was the founding conductor of the Wilmington Children’s Chorus, has served as associate conductor for OperaDelaware, conductor of the City of Wilmington (DE) All-American Tribute Orchestra, and currently is the conductor and music director of Delaware ChoralArts. Since April of 2001, Christopher has served as the organist and director of music for The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew (SsAM), a dynamic parish and center for music and the arts in downtown Wilmington, DE.