David Coburn studied singing, choral conducting, composition and pipe organ at Trinity Grammar School, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has studied piano and singing through the Australian Music Examinations Board and the Trinity College of London

David studied Musicology and Organ Performance through the Australian Catholic University and Church Music and Choral Conducting through the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.  He has undertaken further studies in liturgical music and theology through the Sydney College of Divinity and the Australian Catholic University

David has held professional Organist and Choir Director appointments at Strathfield Uniting Church from 1989 – 1991 and then Organist and Choirmaster at the Anglican Parish of St John the Evangelist Dee Why from 1991 – 2002. Under his direction, the St John’s Choir recorded two CD’s featuring the St John’s Gregorian Schola and the Solemn Eucharist Choir. The Gregorian Schola was also recorded by top 10 pop artist, Paul Mac. In 2002 he was appointed Director of Music at the Anglican Parish of St Peter, Cremorne where he presides on the magnificent St Peter’s pipe organ.  David has directed the St Peter’s Chamber Orchestra in performances of Mozart and Haydn Mass Settings, and regulary performs with artists from Opera Australia

As a Chorister and Soloist, David served long terms as chorister at Christ Church St Laurence under the direction of Neil McEwan, where he was involved as a choir member, soloist and organist. He was appointed a Lay Clerk of the St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir under the leadership of Michael Deasey.  David is much sought after as a chorister and soloist and has been engaged by a number of performing ensembles in Sydney. He has been recorded on a number of recordings with both choirs and made television and radio appearances.

David has directed and coached choirs in Australia and the United States of America. He has been Director of the Sydney Town Chorus (winning the Citibank McDonalds Performing Arts Challenge) and was the founding Musical Director of the Northern Beaches Harmony Chorus. David continues to achieve a high degree of choral excellence and shares his skills and experience with students.

He has performed and been a Recitalist and Performer in many Sydney locations including the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Town Hall, St Andrew’s Cathedral, St Mary’s Cathedral, St Phillips York Street, Christ Church St Laurence. He continues to compose choral works for sacred and secular occasions

David Coburn has toured abroad in the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand and Mexico undertaking recitals, services, chorus and choir coaching and masterclasses. He recently returned from the USA performing in California and Michigan where he gave recitals in San Francisco and Holland.  He has been recorded on four CD’s with another two in the near future

In 2000, David received a Citation from the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr Kofi Annan, King Taufa’ahau Tupo IV of Tonga, Mary McAleese – President of Ireland, and Her Majesty Queen Sylvia of Sweden for his involvement with the Across the Bridge of Hope project

In 2007 he was elected as the  Grand Organist of the United Grand Lodge of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. He is a Warden of the Guild of Masonic Musicians. and has performed for numerous Masonic functions in Australia, Canada and the United States of America.

He is also the Grand Organist of the United Supreme Grand Chapter of Mark and Royal Arch Masons of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, performing at the Ceremony of Installation of the First Grand Principal since 2006. In 2009 he performed with opera singer Maria Okenvu performing works by Mozart, Handel and Lehar.

He has been recognised with a Vocational Service Award for his service to community services by the Rotary Club of Australia. From 1996 – 2003 David was professionally engaged as the Arts and Events Coordinator of Sutherland Shire Council, where he developed an extensive program of community arts and cultural events. In 2003 he successfully coordinated the Parc Menai Celtic Festival in association with The Celtic Council of Australia. David coordinated a number of events including Sutherland Shire Heritage Festival, Sutherland Brass and Concert Band Challenge, Sutherland and St George Youth Music Awards and Shakespeare in the Park.  David was the artistic coordinator for Opera on the Beach, an annual Australia Day event, which has received many awards from the New South Wales Australia Day Council including Most Outstanding Cultural Event and Best Australia Day Event.  His works were also recognised by the event receiving a newly created award for Continuing Australia Day Event Excellence

In 2005 he was appointed as the Manager, Work for the Dole and Community Work Coordinator, at Inner West Skills Centre, where he developed a program of community based programs for the Inner and Central West regions of Sydney.  David worked in conjunction with the Music Council of Australia to implement a Music Play for Life WFD program in the Inner West of Sydney which will resulted in a new community based music directory in June 2006. In 2006 he was relocated to the Inner City and Eastern Suburbs of Sydney where he sucessfully managed a community services program with MTC Work Solutions. In 2009 he was relocated to Eastern Suburbs

In 2006 David was appointed a Justice of the Peace by Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir CVO AC, Governor of New South Wales and is a member of the New South Wales Justices’ Association.

David is a member of the Community Music Australia, Music Council of Australia, Royal School of Church Music, Guild of Masonic Musicians, Powerhouse Musuem and the Royal Agricultural Society.


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