Organist - Music Director
David Palmer is Church of the Covenant's new Organist-Music Director. Hailing from State College, PA, David teaches, performs, composes, and records music in a variety of styles, instruments, and contexts. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 1998 and taught music at Pfeiffer University, a Methodist school in North Carolina, for 13 years. After that, he worked as music minister at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Davidson, NC until 2016, when he, his wife, Sara, and their adult son, Steven, moved to Oxford, Ohio where Sara, an Episcopal priest, was hired as rector of the local Episcopal church. After 4 years there, Sara was hired at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Arlington, where she and David moved at the end of May of this year. David continued to work on-line as the music director of a church in Hamilton, Ohio, until joining the staff at Covenant. Since moving to Virginia, he has joined a band of D.C. area musicians who rehearse on-line (and, when the weather is right, in the backyard) and has started doing a radio show on WERA, Arlington. David has been a volunteer for hospice, a teacher of music courses for retirees, and leader of a weekly singalong for adults with dementia.