Welcome to Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast #114!
Today's guest is Dr. David Danielson Eaton who is an organist, teacher, and church musician whose performances have been described as ‘world class,’ ‘dynamic and consummately musical,’ ‘meticulous and powerful,‘ and ‘the zenith of musical talent.’
His appearances in the great Cathedrals and Churches in Europe, and various venues throughout North America, including Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, The Piccolo Spoleto Music Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, The Concordia Organ Series at Concordia College in Bronxville, New York, The Old West Organ Society Summer Evening Concerts at Old West Church in Boston, and St. Thomas Church in New York City, have been met with great enthusiasm.
As church musician, he has held appointments in New York, Boston, Minneapolis, San Antonio, Austin, Wisconsin, Iowa, and South Carolina. Dr. Eaton served as Director of Music at The Church of St. John the Evangelist on Beacon Hill in Boston, and as Director of Music at historic St. Helena's Episcopal Church (founded 1712) in Beaufort, South Carolina.
For ten years Dr. Eaton served parishes in Texas, first as Director of Music & OrganistChoirmaster at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in San Antonio, Texas, and then at All Saint’s Episcopal Church on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Dr. Eaton is currently Director of Music & Organist at The Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, Massachusetts.
While at St. Luke’s, Dr. Eaton reinvigorated a dormant music ministry that became recognized for exhibiting the highest standards of choral and organ music. Dr. Eaton passionately developed a Chorister Training Program based on the Royal School of Church Music model; was Founder and Artistic Director of the Music at St. Luke’s Concert Series which hosted over twenty-five musical events annually and focused on partnerships and collaboration with musicians and musical organizations within the community; managed the St. Luke’s Friends of Music which emphasized the cultivation of relationships that produced financial support for the music program; and led the Parish Choir on their first ever Pilgrimage to England where they sang in Canterbury, Southwark, St. Albans, Wells and Exeter Cathedrals.
In this conversation, David shares his insights about the importance of enjoying yourself when you play the organ, about slow, concentrated and careful practice, and being open for other people's suggestions.
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