Holiday Soirée – Sun. Jan. 3, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.

THE JOY CONTINUES …
Please join us this Sunday, Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m. to continue the holiday festivities with an evening of beautiful vocal and instrumental music.

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PERFORMERS
Ruth Bailis, mezzo-soprano
Tina Betz, contralto
Lauren Conrad, soprano
Kimberly Doucette, mezzo-soprano
Isabel Gray, soprano
Augustine Mercante, counter-tenor
Marian Stieber, soprano
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David Christopher, piano & organ
Melissa Brun, cello
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REPERTOIRE
Noel X: Grand Jeu et Echo by Louis-Claude D’Aquin
Geistliches Wiegenlied (Sacred Lullaby) … Brahms
Prayer from “Hansel & Gretel” … Engelbert Humperdinck
Maria’s Wiegenlied … Max Reger
Wiegenlied … Richard Strauss
L’hiver … Charles Koechlin (Gabriel Pierné)
See the Pretty Baby … Eugénie R. Rocherolle
My People … Ricky Ian Gordon (Langston Hughes)
Noel … Teresa Del Riego
Three Mystical Songs … Rowley
The Little Road to Bethlehem … Michael Head
Somewhere In My Memory (Home Alone) … John Williams
I Think It’s Going to Rain Today … Randy Newman
Jingle Bells … arr. Melissa Brun
 

FREE WILL OFFERING
FREE ACCESSIBLE PARKING
 
Proceeds benefit the Katherine Esterly Organ Fund
 
The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
719 N. Shipley Street Wilmington, Delaware 19801
www.SsAM.org | 302-656-6628

Organ Recital “By Request” – Sunday, April 10, 2016 – 3:00 p.m.

David Christopher, Organist

EVENSONG and ORGAN RECITAL – Sunday, Oct. 4 – 4:30 p.m.

7017482799_2fa4d83acd_cSunday, October 4, 2015
4:30 p.m.

The St. Cecilia Girls Choir
The SsAM Adult Choir
Robert Dicks, Organist
David Christopher, Director of Music

The Rev. David T. Andrews, Jr., Officiant

MUSICAL SELECTIONS
Preces and Responses … Malcolm Archer
Psalm 1 … Ivor Algernon Atkins
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in D … A. Herbert Brewer
Ubi caritas … Maurice Duruflé
Jubilate in B flat … Charles Villiers Stanford

amarillo II ORGAN RECITAL
David Christopher, Organist

     Fanfares … Calvin Hampton
     Schübler Chorales … J. S. Bach
          Wo soll ich fliehen hin
          Meine Seele erhebet den Herren
          Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter
     Carillon de Westminster … Louis Vierne

RECEPTION FOLLOWING
FREE WILL OFFERING
FREE PARKING ADJACENT TO THE CHURCH

THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF SAINTS ANDREW AND MATTHEW
719 N. Shipley Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
For more details, call the church office at 302-367-6550

ORGAN RECITAL – Princeton University Chapel – Oct. 8 – 12:30 p.m.

After Noon Concert Series
Princeton University Chapel

David Christopher, Organist, Princeton University Chapel, Organ, Recital, Concert, SsAM, Peabody Conservatory, Peabody Institute

Princeton University Chapel

David Christopher, Organist

Thursday, October 8, 2015 – 12:30 p.m.

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Trumpets, David Christopher, Organist, Concert, Recital, Peabody

Gallery Trumpets at Princeton University Chapel

 

Church Musician

David Christopher, The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, SsAM, Church Musician, Organist, Director of Music, Conductor, PeabodyDavid Christopher, MM, CAGO, has served as the Organist and Director of Music at The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew (SsAM) since April of 2001.  During that time, he has developed a rich, multi-cultural musical and liturgical program based in the Anglican tradition, but also incorporating Negro Spirituals, World Music, Chant, Gospel, Drumming and classical music from Renaissance to Contemporary. As a liturgical organist, David’s unique style of improvisation and service playing has served as the “glue” which holds together a liturgy embracing the music of many styles, cultures and faith traditions.

An excellent choral program at SsAM is led by the Adult Choir consisting of 20-25 singers with a core of eight professionals (The Choral Scholars).  A relatively new treble choir program for singers in 5th grade through young adults give singers extensive musicianship and vocal training through their participation in the SsAM Chorister Training Program (CTP), a customized version of the RSCM’s “Voice for Life” program.  Adult singers also have the option of participating in the Chorister Training Program.

Before coming to SsAM, David served as the Organist and Director of Music at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in the Great Valley in Paoli, Pennsylvania, First Presbyterian Church in Newark, Delaware, and Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware. David received his undergraduate degree in keyboard and vocal performance at West Chester University, and recently completed  a graduate degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Music as a student of Donald Sutherland.  Other notable organ teachers have included Harry Wilkinson, Robert Elmore and Alan Morrison.

David Christopher, Organist, Director of Music, Adult Choir, SsAM, The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, Peabody

The Adult Choir of the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew.

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Photos

David Christopher, Organist, Conductor, Director of Music, SsAM, The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, Musician, Conductor, Peabody Conservatory

 

David Christopher, Conductor, 4th of July, City of Wilmington, Delaware Symphony, Musician, 1812 Overture, Peabody Conservatory

Conducting the 1812 Overture at the Riverfront in Wilmington for the 4th of July!

David Christopher, Organist, Director of Music, SsAM, The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, Conductor, Peabody Conservatory

Reception following Evensong to celebrate 10 years as music director at SsAM!

David Christopher, SsAM, Carnival Sunday, Musician, Conductor, Director of Music, Organist, Peabody Conservatory

Carnival Sunday 2014

David Christopher, Organist, Conductor, Director of Music, SsAM, Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, Wilmington, Delaware, Obama, Biden, Peabody Conservatory

With Barack Obama and Joe Biden!

David Christopher, Organist, St. Andrews, Amarillo, Musician, Conductor, Texas, Music Director, Peabody Conservatory

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Amarillo, TX

David Christopher, Barbara Govatos, musician, organist, conductor, SsAM, Wilmington, Delaware, Peabody Conservatory

With Barbara Govatos (left) and Madeline Bolden Johnson (center)

David Christopher, Organist, Amarillo, Texas, Musician, Conductor, Peabody Conservatory

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Amarillo, TX

David Christopher, Organist, Peabody Conservatory, SsAM, Conductor, Musician

The Peabody Organ department following a recital at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, MD

David Christopher, Organ, Recital, Reno, Nevada, Musician, Conductor, Peabody Conservatory, Concert

Trinity Episcopal Church, Reno NV

Organist

David Christopher, Longwood Gardens, Organist, Recital, Conductor, Music Director, SsAM

Playing an organ recital at Longwood Gardens in the early 1980’s assisted by John Boulden

ORGANIST, HARPSICHORDIST and PIANIST

David began his early music studies with piano lessons in the first grade, and while in high school, studied organ with John Holland at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury, MD.  He gave his first organ recital at the age of 14 and appeared as soloist  with a local community orchestra in Mozart’s Concerto for 2 pianos in E flat major KV. 365 at the age of 15.  David was appointed organist and choirmaster at St. Peter’s in the Great Valley (Paoli, PA) at the age of 17, and soon afterwards became a frequent performer at Longwood Gardens following Clarence Snyder’s retirement as resident organist.

David has studied with some notable organ teachers including Robert Elmore,  Harry WilkinsonAlan Morrison and more recently Donald Sutherland at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

David’s repertoire now includes a wide range of works by composers from the Baroque through 21st century, orchestral transcriptions, and works based on Gregorian chant and Negro Spirituals.  He frequently presents concerts geared toward children and will occasionally include opportunities for audience participation.

David Christopher, Organist, Organ Recital, Trinity Reno, Conductor, Music Director, Concert, Nevada

Trinity Episcopal Church in Reno, Nevada

A gifted accompanist, David is often called on to collaborate with singers and  instrumentalists in recital as well as in chamber music programs.  As a member of the Irvin/Christopher Duo, David has frequently performed in collaboration with violinist Andrew Irvin, Concertmaster of the Arkansas Symphony and currently offers a series of chamber music programs at SsAM that incorporate the organ.

David Christopher, Organist, Harpsichord, SsAM, Music Director, Conductor, ContinuoThe owner of a two-manual Flemish harpsichord built by Steven D. Jones in 1987, David has frequently played harpsichord continuo for choral and instrumental concerts throughout the area. Recently, he performed Handel’s “Water Music Suite” with the Delaware Symphony and played harpsichord continuo for Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville with OperaDelaware.  He has also played continuo for the Baltimore Baroque Band and the Baltimore Concerto Orchestra.

Contact

David Christopher, Organist, Musician, Conductor, SsAM, Wilmington, Delaware, Peabody Conservatory

David Christopher, Organist and Director of Music
The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew (SsAM)
710 N. Shipley Street
Wilmington, Delaware
302-656-6628 (church phone)

DAVID CHRISTOPHER II

Currently, Organist and Director of Music at The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew (www.SsAM.org) and Conductor of Delaware ChoralArts (www.DelawareChoralArts.org) in Wilmington, Delaware, David Christopher has an active career as conductor, organist, church musician and voice teacher.  Born in Philadelphia and raised in southern Delaware, David received his undergraduate degree in vocal performance at West Chester University and recently completed  a graduate degree in organ performance at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

Known for his keyboard skills, understanding of the singing voice, and skill with the baton, David’s passion for teaching and facility for communicating ideas of interpretation, technique and artistry brings a unique perspective to the many aspects of his musical career.

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Delaware ChoralArts
Conductor and Artistic Director
www.DelawareChoralArts.org


The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
Organist and Director of Music
www.SsAM.org