Accompanist

David Cole became the Accompanist for the Choral Society of Durham in 2015.  A Raleigh native, David grew up admiring Duke Chapel and its musical offerings; he has been honored to play the Aeolian and continuo organs here on several occasions as an accompanist.  He obtained a Bachelor of Church Music degree from Furman University in Greenville, SC in 2000, where his principal instrument was organ. David’s organ teacher was Dr. Charles Tompkins and his piano professor was Dr. Ruby Morgan.  He then pursued a Master of Church Music degree from Samford University in Birmingham, AL with voice as his principal instrument.  David has served a number of churches in the NC Triangle and other southeastern states as Choir Director and Organist.  Since February 2018 he has been the Full Time Associate Minister of Music and Organist for First Baptist Church in Henderson, where he oversees several choral and handbell ensembles, and also assists with musical productions at McGregor Hall.  In addition to these responsibilities, David is the Assistant Director and Accompanist for the NC Boys and Girls Choirs, based in Chapel Hill, and is in demand as an accompanist in the region.  David lives in Oxford with his wife Tiffany, their children Lillian and Samuel, and dog Sali.