Minister of Music

Minister of MusicListen to These Selections from David Carle:

  1. The Holy City from his 1997 recording None Other Lamb
  2. This Little Light O’ Mine from his 1997 recording None Other Lamb
  3. I Need Thee Every Hour (c) 2010 David Carle
  4. Loved with Everlasting Love (c) 2010 David Carle
  5. There is a Name I Love to Hear (c) 2010 David Carle

Dr. Carle has also made available these written works:

  1. Dr. Carle’s Personal Statement of Faith
  2. Music in Christian Worship by Dr. Carle

David Carle (CV) has been Minister of Music at the Drayton Avenue Presbyterian Church since September of 2005. He is an active singer, choral conductor, accompanist, organist, and composer/arranger, working throughout the greater Detroit area as a free-lance musician. David has served as the director for several choral ensembles. He is currently serving as the music director for metro Detroit based Cantate!. David also works with various community theatre organizations, and maintains a studio of private voice students. Since arriving in 2005, Drayton Avenue has been his principle place of service and base of operations. As well, he is principal sub-organist for various Roman Catholic churches in the Detroit area.

For over 20 years, Carle taught at university level, principally in Moncton, New Brunswick [Canada], and in Montréal, Québec [Canada]. While his principle areas are vocal/choral music, and music histories, he also taught various church music courses, as well as teaching, for seven years, a Survey of Western Civilization. While living in Montréal, he taught for both Plattsburgh State University in Plattsburgh, NY, and the McGill Conservatory, the extension division of the Faculty of Music of McGill University in Montreal. Carle is available for teaching voice at all levels, in a wide range of styles. He is also available to teach pipe organ, provided that the student already has the ability to play hymns and simple two-part music on the piano.

A native of Princeton, Maine, Carle holds the B.Sc. [Music Education] from Gordon College, the M.Mus [Choral Conducting] from New England Conservatory, and the D.M.A. [Voice/Musicology] from the School of Music of the The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His most important voice teacher was William Neill, with whom he completely restudied in midlife.

DAPC Choir: The Chancel Choir rehearses from 7:29 p.m. to 8:59 p.m. each Tuesday evening from September through May. Sunday morning rehearsals are from 8:30 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. In addition to regular participation in the Sunday morning services, the Choir sings for extra services during the Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter seasons, and for occasional weddings and funerals of church members. Many of the choir members participate in the hymn-sings which are held in various church members’ homes throughout the year. We also have various cookouts, variety shows, and other “pious breaches of the peace.” Thus the DAPC choir fulfills Dr. Carle’s two rules for church music: First, have a good time [so that, even if you don’t accomplish anything else, at least you had a good time]. Second, choose something to offend everyone [otherwise Dr. Carle — and, by extension, the choir and the church itself — gets pigeon-holed, and doesn’t have as good a time]. Please feel free to contact Dr. Carle, any of the choir members, or the church office if you would like further information on this “Nantucket sleigh-ride.”