David Sinden, organist & conductor

Press and Reviews

Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale Performs Durufle's Requiem

live on-air interview with Mike Goldberg, WCVE-FM, 15 May 2015

The Richmond Three Choirs Festival is this Sunday

live on-air interview with Mike Goldberg, WCVE-FM, 12 March 2015

“creative registrations . . . that . . . brought out the depth of the text”

Organist David Sinden used creative registrations and dynamics that not only brought out the depth of the text, but also created a feeling of ensemble between the assembled forces.

. . . From the rear of the sanctuary, The St. John's Choir under the direction of Samuel J. Carabetta offered the introit "Truly the Lord is in this place" by Bernard Barrell. Singing with a beautiful balanced choral sound, the choir was complimented by the warmth of the organ accompaniment.

McCoy, Patrick. "Choral evensong sets tone for Association of Anglican Musicians conference in DC" Examiner.com 17 June 2014.

Three Choirs Will Perform by John Ogle, WCVE-FM

A news story about a 125th anniversary performance of The Crucifixion by John Stainer, sung by the Richmond "Three Choirs" of St. James's, St. Paul's, and St. Stephen's Episcopal Churches at St. Paul's on Friday, February 24, 2012.

“centered leadership and solid musicianship”

David [Sinden] of course provides continuity with the past as well as centered leadership and solid musicianship for the present. I was most impressed with his preparation for and conducting of the Christ Church Singers rehearsal . . . but, equally, his sense of vocation as a church musician and his engagement in excellence and growth.

Dr. Benjamin Hutto. Report to the Dean on the State of the Music Program (Appendix 5 of the Music Discernment Report). 2 February 2010

. . . Leighton's "O sacrum convivium" was the most emotionally powerful piece in the first half, with Sinden's accompaniment highlighting the girls' virtually transparent sound.

Frederickson, Brooks. "Christ Church Cathedral Choral Masterworks Series concert review" NUVO Newsweekly (Indianapolis) 6 May 2009.

David Sinden describes music making at Lake Delaware Boys Camp

The organ was a focal point of the camp then and now, as the camp quickly developed a well-trained choir that often performed concerts in Delhi and other communities. Former choir director David Sinden describes the rich history of music making, "The Roosevel organ in the camp chapel dates from 1877 and operates completely without electricity. The boys of the camp take turns pumping the organ by hand for every service. The unique organ, the challenge of forming a choir for the camp season, and the tradition of music making at [Lake Delaware Boys Camp] all made me want to work at the camp."

Over the years many prominent organists have worked at the camp. During the 1970s Charles Dodsley Walker presided over the choir that appeared for several performances at Lincoln Center. Other organists/choir directors during the camp's 100 years include Michael Kleinschmidt (Trinity Church, Boston), Douglas Cleveland (Plymouth Congregational Church, Seattle), Andrew Sheranian (Christ's Church, Rye, New York), Erik Suter, who went on to become assistant organist at Washington National Cathedral and William Entriken, organist at the First Presbyterian Church in New York City.

Klukkert, Vicky. "Historic Local Camps" 2009 Delaware County Community Directory (Delhi, NY) April 2009.

Country music

On Monument Circle, David Sinden, assistant organist at Christ Church Cathedral, will play a free concert featuring two big works that quote tunes associated with Americana.

Sinden, 25, will play Charles Ives' “Variations on 'America,'.” [sic] a popular theme with variations that makes some wild demands on the organist.

“One section emulates a carousel,” Sinden said. “There's another where you can really make it roar. There are sections that are fairly difficult, but once you get the hang of them, it's fun to just race through it.”

“it may sound like red and green, but, hopefully, by the end, everybody will be hearing red, white and blue”

Sinden will also play “American Rhapsody” by Pietro Yon, former organist at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York.

“It's a very fun piece that includes a lot of famous tunes,” Sinden said, “including 'Dixie,' 'Deep River' and the national anthem.

“It also contains a state song, 'Maryland, My Maryland,' which is set to the music from 'O Christmas Tree.' At the beginning, it may sound like red and green, but, hopefully, by the end, everybody will be hearing red, white and blue.”

Smith, Whitney. “Patriotic programs play our history set to music” Indianapolis Star 3 July 2008.

“Sinden's artistic technique . . . was apparent throughout”

“Sinden's artistic technique . . . was apparent throughout”
“The organist and the music were one and the true features of the Baroque work were apparent in the performance. Sinden has obviously found the heart of the Old Master Bach and displayed his mastery especially in the closing work.”

Jaeger, Dick. “St. John's guest organist features Baroque work” Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) 20 March 2008.


“Organist David Sinden provided masterful accompaniment for the choir — shading all the crevices, plumbing the depths, and exalting the peaks”

The Diapason, February 2008

“really loud”

“Thank you for playing the pipe organ for us. I loved it. It was really loud, but that was the cool part.”

Jacob P., 3rd grader, April 2008