David Schelat, composer
David Schelat is Director of Music at First & Central Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware and president and artistic director of Market Street Music, a non-profit corporation that creates musical experiences for audiences and musicians in the Delaware Valley. For this organization, he is founder and conductor of Mastersingers of Wilmington, a celebrated ensemble of professional and highly-skilled amateur singers.
As a composer, Mr. Schelat works on commission as well as writing for the ensembles he conducts. Recent commissions includeJust an Ordinary Child for Mélomanie, Biblical Sketches for Trumpet and Organ (for the 2015 Mid-Atlantic American Guild of Organists (AGO) Convention in Pittsburgh), Anthem for the Annunciation and Before the Dawn of Time (for the 2013 SE Regional AGO Convention in Columbia, South Carolina) Fantasy for a Festive Occasion (for organist Marvin Mills), and Organ Sonata (for organist Michael Britt). His music appears in the catalogues of MorningStar Music, Selah Publishing Co., Augsburg Fortress, and Oxford University Press.
David Schelat is a frequent organ recitalist in the United States, and has been heard on the nationally syndicated program on National Public Media, “Pipedreams.” He has performed as organist, conductor, or composer for five regional conventions of the AGO, as well as for conferences of the Organ Historical Society, the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and National Association of Pastoral Musicians. He has been heard in important venues such as Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago; Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina; Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta; St. Stephen’s Church in Vienna, Austria; and the Grand Ballroom at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.