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Biography

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Born and raised in South Mississippi, David Harrison began his journey in music-making at an early age. From childhood through his teenage years, his musical experiences primarily involved piano lessons and choral music. As his interest in music grew, he gravitated toward organ playing, and began serious practice at the instrument in his junior year of high school. His mother, Dr. Michaelle Harrison, was his first organ teacher.

David's advanced musical studies began in 2009 at Mississippi College, where he was recipient of the Billy Trotter Organ Scholarship and earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance under the instruction of Dr. Robert Knupp. During his years at MC, he was a member of the Mississippi College Singers and served as Coordinator of Chapel Music.

In 2013, David continued his musical training in the organ studio of Dr. Janette Fishell at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, earning the Master of Music degree. While at Jacobs, he studied church music and improvisation with Bruce Neswick, minored in music theory, and was a member of the NOTUS Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (Dr. Dominick DiOrio, conductor). He also developed an increasing interest in composing and arranging. In 2014, he was awarded the Don Marler Church Music Scholarship (West End United Methodist Church, Nashville, Tennessee).

Soon after graduation in 2015, David moved to Albany, New York, to work as the Lloyd Cast Organ Fellow at the Cathedral of All Saints. In this apprenticeship, he accompanied the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys (Woodrow Bynum, choirmaster), assisted with chorister training and rehearsals, and began composing choral works. In 2017, he served as the Pro Tempore Assistant Organist at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, and later moved to North Carolina where he recently completed the Graduate Certificate in Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique at Salem College with Dr. Barbara Lister-Sink. He currently serves as the Organist/Choirmaster Fellow at Christ Church Capitol Square in Raleigh, North Carolina.