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DAVIDHUGHES

David Hughes

David Hughes is a composer, conductor, and organist who is in international demand as a recitalist and an instructor of Gregorian chant. Hughes has written extensively for choir and organ. Film scoring credits include Navis Pictures’ St. Bernadette of Lourdes and several documentaries. Recent projects include a song cycle on poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins and a suite for organ, Nuestra Señora de Apocalipsis, which will receive its premiere in May 2019.

 

Hughes is Organist & Choirmaster at St. Mary’s Church in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he oversees a program of seven choirs, including the professional St. Mary’s Schola Cantorum, the volunteer St. Mary’s Choir, and the St. Mary’s Student Schola, a comprehensive program of musical education for children. He directs Viri Galilæi, an ensemble of men from the tristate New York area who gather weekly to sing Vespers and medieval polyphony from facsimiles of original manuscripts. Hughes is also Director of Music at St. John Fisher Seminary in Stamford, Connecticut. A member of the board of the Church Music Association of America, he serves on the faculty of its annual Sacred Music Colloquium, teaching chant, composition, and organ improvisation. He is Director of Music for the Roman Forum’s annual Summer Symposium at Lake Garda in Italy. He was named Chant Instructor for St. Benedict’s Abbey in Still River, Massachusetts, which he visits every few weeks for musical consultation with the monks. He also travels frequently to give workshops, clinics, and recitals. His recitals last season included appearances in Chicago, Brescia, and Gardone Riviera, Italy. He has conducted choirs for many Masses in locales as varied as Ontario, Ecuador, Estonia, and Spain.

 

Hughes’s composition teachers have included Ruth Schonthal and John Halle, and he has studied organ with Paul Jacobs and Daniel Sullivan. He is a graduate of Yale College.