Dr. David Arcus serves the East Carolina Chapter as our East Carolina University faculty advisor.
David Arcus was recently appointed as Organist and Choirmaster at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Instructor in Organ and Church Music at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Before these appointments in summer 2021, he was Director of Music and Organist of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough, North Carolina, where he oversaw adult and junior/youth choral programs and presided at the 1883 Hook & Hastings organ in the early nineteenth century church. Since July 2018 he served as Music Director for the Raleigh Convocation Choir, an itinerant choral ensemble dedicated to sharing the great heritage of church music with Episcopal parishes across the Diocese of North Carolina. He was at Duke University for nearly 30 years, where he served in various capacities in the Department of Music, Divinity School, and Duke Chapel.
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.
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. His compositions are published by Concordia, Hinshaw, and Wayne Leupold Editions. His CD, The Organs of Duke Chapel, is on the Gothic label.