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Sinfonia Spirituosa: Pipes Up! Guest Artist — David A. Heller, Organ

October 15 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT


Sinfonia Spirituosa explores exciting new territory as we perform with guest artist, organist David A. Heller, from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. We are delighted to partner with the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists to bring Dr. Heller to California for this extraordinarily varied and unique program of works for organ and baroque chamber orchestra.

Grass Valley Concert

Sunday, October 15th, 2023, 4pm
Grace Lutheran Church
1979 Ridge Road, Grass Valley, CA (map)

Free concert, suggested donation $20/person



(for both Sacramento and Grass Valley Concerts)

  • Georg Philipp Telemann: Sinfonia Spirituosa in D Major, TWV 44:1
  • George Frederick Handel: Concerto for Organ in B‑flat Major, Op. 4., No. 2, HWV 290 — David A. Heller, organ
  • George Frederick Handel: Overture to AgrippinaHWV 6
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: 3 Epistle Sonatas for Organ, Strings and Continuo — David A. Heller, organ
  • Johann Friedrich Fasch: Concerto for Flute, Oboe, Strings and Continuo in E minor, L:e1 – Cathie Apple, flute and Cindy Behmer, oboe
  • David A. Heller will also perform solo organ works by Bach, Buxtehude, Vierne and Widor


Organist David Heller has risen to prominence as an outstanding performer and pedagogue in the United States. The American Organist has described him as “an eloquent performer,” and his playing as “an excellent demonstration of outstanding music making.” A native of Wisconsin, Dr. Heller holds degrees from Lawrence University and the Eastman School of Music, which awarded him the prestigious Performer’s Certificate in Organ. His teachers have included Miriam Clapp Duncan and Russell Saunders in organ, and Colin Tilney and Lisa Goode Crawford in harpsichord. His post-doctoral study was with David Craighead in organ, and improvisation with Gerre Hancock

As an active recitalist, David Heller has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe, South Korea, and Taiwan. Recent appearances have included St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, and St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland. Dr. Heller serves as a lecturer and performer for the Classical Music Festival-Eisenstadt Summer Academy each summer in Eisenstadt, Austria. He has appeared as both performer and presenter at national and regional conventions of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, the Organ Historical Society, the American Institute of Organ Builders, and the American Guild of Organists. As author of the highly acclaimed book, Manual on Hymn Playing (G.I.A. Publications), he is frequently sought as a lecturer and clinician in the areas of church music skills and hymn playing. His current research interests have included the history of organ pedagogy in America, and the historical development of the pipe organ in San Antonio. He has four recordings to his credit on the Calcante, Pro Organo, and Raven labels featuring some of the most distinctive instruments in the country. His performances have been featured on Michael Barone’s Pipedream, and Peter DuBois’s With Heart and Voices on National Public Radio.

Since 1986, David Heller has been a member of the faculty at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas serving as Professor of Music and University Organist. His primary teaching responsibilities in the Department of Music are in the areas of organ and harpsichord performance and literature, church music skills, and music theory. In 2010, Dr. Heller received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Creative Work from Trinity University, one of the school’s top honors awarded to the faculty. He was appointed Chair of the Department of Music in 2012.

In addition to his teaching duties, David Heller has held a number of prominent church jobs, including two artist residencies at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, Oregon, and NorthPark Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas. He currently serves as Assistant Organist at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio.


October 15
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT


Sinfonia Spirituosa
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Contact Name
David Wells
Contact Email
Lorna Peters, Jubal Fulks, David A. Heller
Registration Link


Grace Luthern Church (River Forest)
7300 Division St
River Forest, IL 60305 United States
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