Michael David Ging,

Director of Music, Organist-in-Residence

 A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Michael David Ging is the Organist-in-Residence at New Hope Lutheran Church in Missouri City, Texas and is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Houston, Moores School of Music where he studies organ with Dr. Robert Bates and conducting with Dr. Betsy Cook Weber. An experienced performer, Ging is privileged to perform throughout much of the United States as a solo artist, in festivals such as the renowned Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and as soloist in organ concertos by Howard Hanson, Daniel Sigmon, and Ryan Gagnon. In performance competitions, he has received first prize in the 2008 Richard Van Scriver Organ Competition and the 2014 University of Alabama Organ Competition. Other performance highlights include performances on the campuses of the University of Florida, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Meredith College, Baylor University, Rice University, and Oberlin College as well as in programs for the Houston, Charleston, and Central North Carolina chapters of the American Guild of Organists. A strong advocate for new music, Mr. Ging has premiered compositions by Daniel J. Knaggs, Ryan Gagnon, and Daniel Sigmon. He appears on the 2013 release Daniel Knaggs – A New Spring Time by ECCE Recordings. Mr. Ging holds the degrees of Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and Master of Music from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. He is fortunate to have studied with Ken Cowan, Dr. Jack Mitchener, Stephen Distad, and Sarah Younkin. Additionally he has received extensive coaching from Dr. Kiyo Watanabe and Dr. Delbert Disselhorst. For more information, please visit www.michaeldavidging.com.