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David Charles Spicer

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David Charles Spicer Obituary

David Spicer died peacefully at the home of his daughter in Malvern, PA surrounded by family on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. At the time of his death, he was Minister of Music & the Arts at the First Church of Christ, Wethersfield, CT, Adjunct Professor of Music at Tunxis Community College and host of "Glory, Praise and Song" on radio station WIHS. Before assuming the Wethersfield position in October 1986, Spicer was Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, and taught church music at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Prior to this he was Organist/Choirmaster at the Wayne (Pennsylvania) Presbyterian Church. A native of Austin, Texas, Spicer received his first musical training from his parents, playing the organ in church at the age of eight. Spicer was a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he was an Artist/Scholar under the renowned Dr. Alexander McCurdy. Graduate studies were completed at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, also in Philadelphia. Further organ study was done under Dr. Robert Elmore. Spicer acknowledges Dr. Virgil Fox as a source of inspiration for his own style of organ playing. As a recitalist, David Spicer always involved his audience and liked to feel that they "walked away with a greater understanding of the king of instruments." Spicer was house organist at the Bushnell Center for Performing Arts in Hartford and had taught at Central Connecticut State University. A gifted conductor, Spicer presented several area premier performances. As a teacher, he had the distinction of having had three of his students win full scholarships to his alma mater, the Curtis Institute of Music. He was a member of the American Guild of Organists and the American Federation of Musicians. In 1997 he co-founded the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival/USA. This national competition is for high school student organists and those in college (through age 26), the Young Professional division. David Spicer is survived by his wife Dana, seven children, sixteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was dedicated to the idea that Christianity and music, two of the greatest forces in our world, could effectively merge to wash away "the dust of everyday life" from our souls. A memorial service will be held at the First Church of Christ, 250 Main Street, Wethersfield on Saturday, February 11 at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival/USA, 31 Church St., Wethersfield, CT 06109.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Jan. 22, 2017
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