David Arcus, Interim Director of Music at All Saints Parish Church, comes from Durham, North Carolina (USA), where he has lived and worked at Duke University from 1984 until January of 2014. During that time, Dr. Arcus served as Director of Music of Duke Divinity School, as well as Chapel Organist and Associate University Organist. He has recently been appointed Parish Musician of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
Dr. Arcus holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the School of Music at Yale University, where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He has received awards in composition and improvisation competitions, and he is in demand as a solo recitalist, having performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Great Britain. He has also toured with the Duke Chapel Choir in Great Britain, Poland, The Czech Republic, Spain, Greece, Turkey, and China, and he has appeared as organist with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. He has served on the faculties of St. Mary’s School, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Dr. Arcus' recitals have included premieres of new works by well known composers such as Aaron Jay Kernis, Dan Locklair, and Marianne Ploger. He is frequently commissioned to write new works for organ and choir, and he is also active as clinician, teacher/lecturer, and conductor. He has presented workshops and masterclasses on service playing and organ improvisation for the American Guild of Organists, and has served as Course Organist for RSCM (America) training courses. His compositions are published by Concordia, Hinshaw, and Wayne Leupold Editions. His CD, The Organs of Duke Chapel, is on the Gothic label.