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J. DAVID HART, Organist

First Presbyterian Church 
175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801​

J. David Hart
Fellow, American Guild of Organists
D. Mus., Honoris causa

"A true musician and artist at the organ"

Widely recognized for his “passionate and brilliant” musical style, international concert and recording artist J. David Hart has performed over 700 concerts throughout the United States, Germany, Holland, Great Britain, Canada and Australia. He made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in 1989. A Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, Dr. Hart is considered one of the finest improvisateurs of our time. He has been a featured soloist with the finest conductors, orchestras and choral ensembles throughout the world. 

In 2012, Hart was appointed Organist of First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, Florida—a church of approximately 1,800 members with a Chancel Choir of some 60 singers, the Chapel Ensemble (a choral group open by audition) and Jubilation—singing repertoire of a less formal style. Each season, the church's Fine Arts Series presents spectacular concerts and recitals by renowned choirs and artists, attracting music lovers from Florida and other states. Hart will present a solo Organ Concert on the First Presbyterian Church Performing Arts Series in April, 2013. 

Hart earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and later was appointed a member of its eminent music faculty where he served until 1990. In December, 2010, he received the honorary D.Mus. in Organ Artistry (Honoris causa) from the educational foundation of C.A.I. (Concert Artists International). He has performed with major orchestras and conductors throughout the world.

Dr. Hart's recital tours of Britain, Europe and Australia received critical acclaim. Hart has released 13 CD's, 5 DVD's and two volumes of Hymn Settings—highly regarded by musicians and music lovers everywhere. 
—Peter Frick
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Recent comments about Recordings 
and Performances by J. David Hart

Recordings of Hey Orgelbau organ at Mellrichstadt and Johannus Organ in Denver: 

I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed your two recordings -- one on the Hey organ in Mellrichstadt and the other on the Johannus in Denver. They are my constant companions. Everytime I hear them I hear new things I hadn't realized before. I love everything on them, but my favorites include "It is well with my soul" and "The Lost Chord". You did a splendid job of dynamics and presented them so well that they bring a tear to my eyes and pull at my heartstrings. Some organists just play these organ masterpieces and Hymn arrangements. You live them!  --from a Purchaser of Hart CD's


A note from a member of First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, FL

This is simply a thank-you note for providing such a remarkable performance of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in d minor. It truly moved me to tears! You are greatly appreciated for making the 127th anniversary of the church remarkable, as is Mike's Sermon and Dan's leadership of the choir's anthem. I hope to meet you soon to thank you in person. May God bless you abundantly.  (Name withheld)
At the Mormon Tabernacle Organ
Salt Lake City, Utah
An Invitation to visit
 First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland

Classic Service at 8:15 AM
The Sacrament of Holy Communion
In the Sanctuary
with Organ and Choir

Classic Service at 10:30 AM
In the Sanctuary 
with Organ and Full Choir

Vine Service at 10:30 AM in Loudon Hall

AUDIO: 

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
arr. by Gilbert Martin

J. David Hart
Fellow, American Guild of Organists
Organist, First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, FL

Daniel Gordon 
Director of Fine Arts Ministries

John Lowery
Sound Engineer

The Choir of First Presbyterian Church
With Christian Hey in Oberthulba
New instrument by Hey Orgelbau
J. David Hart has returned and is now playing the 10:30 Service each Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland