David von Behren

David von Behren is the Assistant University Organist and Choirmaster of the Memorial Church at Harvard University. He earned his Master of Music degree at Yale University’s School of Music/Institute of Sacred Music, studying organ with Martin Jean and improvisation with Jeffrey Brillhart. He is also a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance and music theory (double degree), pursuing organ studies with Todd Wilson. Von Behren is currently a doctoral candidate at Boston University College of Fine Arts where he studies with Peter Sykes.

Awarded the 2018 Mary Baker Prize in Organ Accompanying and 2019 Richard Paul DeLong Prize in Church Music, von Behren served as organ scholar at Trinity Church on the Green in New Haven, Conn. Prior to his appointment at Trinity on the Green, he served four years as organ scholar at Plymouth Church UCC in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Von Behren is the first organist to receive the Cleveland Institute of Music’s prestigious Darius Milhaud Award, given each year to a student “who displays qualities of unusual talent and creativity.” He also was named one of The Diapason’s “20 Under 30” Class of 2016. The winner of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award on National Public Radio's (NPR) From the Top, David’s live radio performance has reached over half a million listeners. David concertizes extensively throughout the United States and Europe and is represented by Concert Artists Cooperative management. Learn more at: www.davidvonbehren.com