Gary Davison came to Saint Francis Church in January 1995. His musical background is founded on classical piano and organ instruction and further steeped in the rich Anglican choral tradition. His leadership of the music ministry at Potomac Parish reflects a deep love of this heritage and is underpinned by a robust support from this congregation.
Gary’s early training includes boyhood piano lessons from Wesley Howl in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and subsequent organ studies with Philip Baker at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. He is a Dean’s Scholar graduate in Organ Performance from Boston University (Mus.M. and Mus.B., magna cum laude) where he received primary tutelage from the late Dr. Max Miller and pursued concentrated studies in theory and composition with Dr. Robert Sirota and Dr. Marjorie Merryman. Gary earned the Associate Certificate from the American Guild of Organists (AAGO), and is an inductee of Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society.
Before coming to Potomac Parish, Gary served churches in Connecticut, Washington, DC, and New York City. As the Organist and Choirmaster of Saint Francis Church, Gary leads a fully graded music program with boy and girl choristers, as well as adult women and men. The choirs sing weekly for Sunday morning liturgies, annually for major Feast Day services, and several times a term for the Music at Eventide series, which was established in 1995.
Gary remains active as a solo and collaborative keyboard artist, and as a composer. He performs with the National Symphony Orchestra on occasion and particularly enjoys a close musical relationship with Wells Cathedral in Somerset (UK). Recent recordings include The Armour of Light from Wells Cathedral on the Regent Records label (2015), and a volume in the “New American Choral Series” from Washington National Cathedral on the Gothic label. Wells Cathedral recorded his Missa pro defunctis (Requiem) setting in 2017 for Signum Classics.
Gary Davison may be reached at the parish office at (301) 365-2055 or via email.