David Stultz | Organist


David Stultz is a 22-year-old senior at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and a graduate of the Baylor School in Chattanooga TN. He studied piano with Dr. Sigrid Luther for fifteen years, and during high school, he studied organ with Jason DuRoy and Dr. Sarah Harr. In piano, David has received several superior ratings and scholarships from the Chattanooga Music Teachers Association. He has performed with the Jericho Brass and twice with the Chattanooga Youth Symphony Orchestra; one performance included the Saint-Saëns “Organ Symphony.” In 2015, he won first prize and the hymn-playing award in the Young Organist Competition sponsored by the Greater Columbia AGO Chapter and he was invited to return one year later to perform a concert at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, SC. David began his church music career as the assistant organist at First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga where his mother, Kelly Stultz, served as music director. Later, David held the position as organist for two years at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church. In 2016, he placed 2nd in the Winston-Salem School of the Arts National High School Organ Competition, and in 2017, he was the Chattanooga Music Club Scholarship winner. More recently in 2019, David took first place at the Regional Competition for Young Organists (RCYO), Chattanooga Chapter AGO. David also passed the AGO Service Playing Certification Exam in the spring of 2020 and he is on track to take the AGO Colleague Certification Exam in the spring of 2021. Throughout 2020, David completed several organ and harpsichord solo compositions of his own, and one of them, called “Fugue No. 1 in C Major” was featured in a radio broadcast for the UTK School of Music Honors Solo Class. All of his compositions draw inspiration from Renaissance and Baroque counterpoint. Currently, David is majoring in organ performance, studying under Dr. Edie Johnson, and serving as the assistant director of music and organist at Second Presbyterian Church of Knoxville. In addition to music, David enjoys studying the Spanish language, and he is regularly commissioned as an oil painter specializing in classical and impressionistic landscapes, buildings, portraits, and still life.