Because of my restless intellect and curiosity, I’ve delved into several fields in my life to satiate that thirst for understanding; consequently, my desire to learn has given me a unique career path. Accordingly, I’ve been taught—or taught myself—how to be (among other things) a

Conductor
Organist
Composer
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Teacher
Art Director
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Naturally I’ve had a great deal of assistance along the way—from friends and family, mentors, professional colleagues and sometimes folks with whom I don’t even have a relationship. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned in my life is that if I’m brave enough to ask for help I almost never get turned down. Asking for help isn’t particularly difficult for me and I’m grateful that there have been people who made sure that their hands were always extended.

In May 2016 I presented an organ recital four times: twice in Summerville, once in Flagstaff, AZ and finally on the four-manual 120-stop Cornell Zimmer organ in Summerall Chapel on the Citadel campus. It’s good to be playing again: as an old friend Paul says, we’re champion race horses bred to perform and when we’re not we’re lost.

I visited Canada twice in 2014: Once to play a recital on the four-manual Casavant organ at Metropolitan United Church in London, Ontario on May 18, 2014. I was also the choral clinician and director for the RCCO Convention in London, Ontario in July 2014. I led workshops for basic, intermediate and advanced conductors as well as conducting the delegate choir.

This is an exciting time for me. I’m Director of Music at St. John the Beloved Catholic church in Summerville, South Carolina. This is a great opportunity with a large choir, beautiful Peragallo pipe organ and exquisite liturgy. Charleston, which is 20 miles away, is a wonderful city with exceptional cultural opportunities. In addition to Spoleto USA, there are many performing organizations, theater companies and other artistic adventures.
 
 
Ironically, I lived in Charleston from 1978–79, attending my first year of college at the Baptist College (now known as Charleston Southern University), so Charleston is known to me and I'm excited to be living in the area again.
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In addition to my full-time position at SJB, I’m also directing the music program for the Catholic el at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. I work with about fifteen cadets who comprise the Catholic chapel choir, as well as play Sunday evening Masses in Summerall Chapel. I love working with college-aged youth: their infectious energy, unbounded optimism and willingness to try new things is a welcome tonic for any adult who has become a little world-weary. And, a trip to Carowinds doesn’t hurt either.

There’s much in my life for which I can be grateful: I own my townhouse; I drive a nice car; I have a wonderful choir; I love working with cadets at the Citadel; I play a lovely—if small—pipe organ; I’ve just lost 50 lbs.; I can afford to purchase what I need and some of what I want. Yes, I’m thankful for everything I have.

The overarching goal of my life has been the pursuit and assimilation of knowledge. Since I taught myself to play a little portable organ at age five I’ve never stopped feeding my imagination and seeking out opportunities that allowed me to further my intellectual pursuits and artistic objectives. I’m thrilled to be in music full time. It is, always has been, and always will be, my life.

David Friddle
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