Dan came to St. John's in 2012 after serving as organist at Church of the Good Shepherd, Charleston; St. Luke's, Charleston; and Grace Lutheran, St. Albans. He is a Charleston native, who grew up in the J. Henry Francis house (Francis was organist and choirmaster at St. John's from 1902-1945). He studied piano with Mrs. John Hamric and organ with M. Wayne Eich. He holds a bachelor of music degree from Westminster Choir College (Princeton, N. J.), where he studied organ with Eugene Roan and voice with David Arnold. He has held memberships in the Choristers Guild, American Guild of Organists, and the Music Educators' National Conference.
David has served St. John's parish on three separate occasions, as choirmaster 1974-1976, as assistant 2004-2010, and as director of music and choirmaster 2010 to present. He has served as choirmaster at Grace Covenant Presbyterian (1965-1974) and at St. Matthew's Episcopal (1980-1983), both in Charleston. He is a graduate in theoretical music with choral emphasis from the former Morris Harvey College (now University of Charleston) and has undergone further study in England in English cathedral music. He sang in the Choir of Men and Boys of Washington National Cathedral under Dr. Paul Callaway and Richard Dirksen, and had a close association with the late Dr. Alec Wyton of the Cathedral of St. John The Divine in New York City.