David Sinden is an organist and conductor noted for his “centered leadership and solid musicianship.” He is the Organist and Director of Music at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to this appointment he served for five years as the Organist & Director of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Capitol Square, in Richmond, Virginia. He was also the Artistic Director of the Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale from 2013–2015.
In 2018, Mr. Sinden served as the organist at the Hymn Festival held at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis as part of the Annual Conference of the Hymn Society of the U.S. and Canada. In 2017 he was on the faculty of the Mississippi Conference on Church Music and Liturgy, and was also the Adult Housemaster at the St. Louis Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Summer Course. He returns to the St. Louis Course this year.
As organist in the 2014 American premiere of Herbert Howells’s “By the waters of Babylon” at the opening Choral Evensong of the Association of Anglican Musicians Conference in Washington, D.C., Mr. Sinden was lauded for playing “that not only brought out the depth of the text, but also created a feeling of ensemble between the assembled forces.” He has also accompanied premieres of music by Gregory Rose and Grayston Ives. His ten-hour performance of John Cage’s Organ²/ASLSP in September 2012 is believed to be the longest performance by a single musician in Richmond, Virginia.
Mr. Sinden was previously the Assistant Organist and Choirmaster of Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal), Indianapolis, and Organist at St. Thomas Lutheran Church (ELCA), Bloomington, Indiana. While serving as the Assistant Organist and Choirmaster at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Lakewood, Ohio, he helped to establish the St. Peter’s Choristers, a choir for young people affiliated with the RSCM. He has also worked as Organist and Choirmaster (and Tactical Officer) at Lake Delaware Boys’ Camp, an Anglo-Catholic military camp in the Catskill Mountains of New York.
Passionate about liturgy and music, Mr. Sinden has served on the Standing Committee on Liturgy and Church Music in the Diocese of Virginia and is a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians.
An active promoter of the organ and its music, Mr. Sinden has held key positions in several chapters of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). He has served on the Program and Executive Committees of the Richmond Chapter of the AGO and is a former Dean of the Indianapolis Chapter.
Mr. Sinden holds a master’s degree from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. He undertook post-graduate study in organ improvisation with Jeffrey Smith at Indiana University. While a student at Oberlin, Mr. Sinden was the Organist and Choirmaster for College Vespers. He studied organ with Robert Brewer while attending the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas.
An avid composer of music for the church, Mr. Sinden was commissioned to write a Psalm setting for the Virginia Girls’ Choir which received its first performance at Choral Evensong at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. in 2015. He has won the Composer Award from the American Festival for the Arts.
He and his wife, the recorderist Anne Timberlake, are the proud parents of a gleeful rising Kindergartener named William and an energetic infant named Margaret.