The Delaware Chorus Selects a new Artistic Director!
Daniel D. Hursey, a native of Delaware, Ohio, graduated from Frank B. Willis High School in 1960. Hursey received a BA from Kent State University in 1966 and an MA from the University of Bridgeport, CT in 1978. As summer enrichment, he studied choral conducting and other choral/vocal techniques at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ. Active in the American Choral Director’s Association, attending many local and national conventions.
Hursey taught Elementary General Music for 2 1/2 years in Akron, Ohio, and 28 years in New Canaan, CT. He studied organ for 2 years with Judith Hancock, Associate Organist at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City. Hursey played recitals at St. Thomas, NYC, All Hallows Church in Hampstead Heath, England, and various churches in Ohio and Connecticut. He was awarded a one-year sabbatical leave during the school year of l986/87 to study music in Geneva, Switzerland at the Institue Jaques Dalcroze. Hursey retired in 1999, spent five years in Tucson, AZ and returned to Delaware, in July of 2007.
Since commencing his piano/organ studies with Ernestine Peebles, at age 14, he’s been active in various churches as organist and conductor of adult, children and handbell choirs. In Connecticut he also established Les Chanteurs, a small madrigal ensemble, which performed a variety of music from the classical choral repertoire to show music. On separate occasions, Les Chanteurs and his adult choir at Fairfield Grace Methodist, took road trips, the final concert for each group was presented at Zion United Church of Christ in Delaware, OH.