Dr. David C. Pickering
Organ, Music Theory
Chair of the Keyboard Division
134 McCain Auditorium
Active recitalist, recording artist, scholar and author David Pickering is Professor of Music and Chair of the Keyboard Division at Kansas State University. His career as a performer has carried him across the United States as well as to Austria, Canada, England, Finland and Germany. His performances have been broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio’s Pipedreams, Iowa Public Radio, as well as organlive.com.
Pickering’s multifaceted research has focused on the composers, pedagogues, music, and organs of the American organ scene in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. His four solo recordings have focused on the organ music of American composers from the twentieth century to the present day. His scholarly works are published by the Organ Historical Society Press (The Auditorium Organ) and Wayne Leupold Editions (Arthur Poister—Master Teacher and Poet of the Organ, Harold and Catherine, and Leroy Robertson Organ Works. Pickering’s additional articles and reviews appear in The American Organist and The Diapason. A proponent for new music, Pickering has premiered new works by Daniel E. Gawthrop and Tyler White.
Pickering completed his degrees from the University of Kansas and Brigham Young University in organ performance and musicology; he has also pursued technical studies with pianist Sheila Paige. His organ teachers include Parley Belnap, James Higdon, J.J. Keeler, and Arlene Small.