Organ recitalist, improviser, instructor, and liturgical musician.
David Simon is quickly establishing himself as a prominent organ recitalist, improviser, instructor, and liturgical musician. He won First Prize and Audience Prize in the University of Michigan organ improvisation competition in 2018. David has gone on to improvise extensively in concert, liturgy, and for silent films.
David has performed in North America, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, and Russia to the acclaim of audience members, reviewers, and his colleagues. He won First Prize at the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) national organ competition held in Halifax in 2019 and now serves as a member of the RCCO Competitions Committee.
David first studied music as a chorister at St. Michael’s Cathedral-Basilica in Toronto, ON and continues to play organ at its weekly masses. He teaches organ, piano, music theory, and Gregorian Chant at St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto and beyond. By fully embracing digital media, his private studio extends to students across North America. His students have gone on to win national prizes and complete exams with the Royal Conservatory and the RCCO.
David is a doctoral candidate at Yale University in the studios of Thomas Murray and Jeff Brillhart. He is a Fellow of the RCCO, winning prizes for top national achievement.
2019 National Organ Playing Competition
2018 University of Michigan Improvisation Competition
2014 Royal Canadian College of Organists (Toronto Centre) Organ Competition
At a Glance
Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance (DMA) Candidate, Yale University
Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (FRCCO)
Master of Music in Organ Performance (MMus), Yale University
Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance (BMus), University of Toronto
Bevan Organ Scholar, Trinity College, University of Toronto
Associate of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (ARCCO)
Graduate of St. Michael’s Choir School, Toronto, ON
Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Organ Performance (ARCT)
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