Dr. David K. Peters, Organist Emeritus
Organs and organ music have been a lifelong passion of David Peters. His early studies were with Dr. Hubert Leslie Smith at St. Andrew's Church, St. John's, and Harry Dean at the Maritime Academy of Music in Halifax. He earned a Licentiate from Trinity College, London. Over sixty years as a church organist saw him in five churches in two provinces. Most notably, during his tenure at St. Andrew's and Cochrane Street, in St. John's, major organ projects were undertaken. He is Organist Emeritus at both of these churches. Interestingly David was Organist at Grace United Church, Dartmouth, for three years while a student in dentistry at Dalhousie University. He was a member of the committee that compiled The Hymn Book of the United and Anglican Churches in 1971.
Serving the organ fraternity, he has been chair of the Avalon Centre of the Royal College of Organists and the Atlantic Provinces Director on its National Board. Besides playing hundreds of hymns, hearing thousands of sermons, David has played many recitals before live audiences for CBC Radio, and at Music Festivals.
David and his late wife Dorothy share a history of support for music. The Dorothy and David Peters Scholarship in Music, the largest scholarship endowment ever given to the School of Music, Memorial University, is representative. His donation of a 1919 Pilat Violin to that school was the genesis of the Prestige Quartet. Dalhousie University students have benefited from the Peters Dentistry Fund and the Peters Music Scholarship.
David is retired from a career of leadership as a prominent dentist in St. John's and was the first Newfoundland dentist to have served as President of the Canadian Dental Association.