David Maxwell (b. 1944) holds degrees in both piano and organ from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was named to membership in Pi Kappa Lambda, music honor society. At the U of I, Maxwell studied composition with Ben Johnston and Edwin London; piano with Malcolm Bilson; and organ with Jerald Hamilton. During his years as a graduate student, he was a member of Ineluctable Modality, Edwin London’s vocal ensemble which sang new music. Dr. Maxwell serves as Minister of Music at State Street Church, UCC in Portland, Maine, where he plays an 1893 Frank Roosevelt organ and a 1914 Steinway model A piano in addition to conducting the choir. When recording piano music for online services, he often plays his Rococo style 1854 Chickering Square Grand piano while seated on his William IV piano stool.
Publishers of Dr. Maxwell’s music include: Concordia Publishing House (ten books), Augsburg Fortress, H. W. Gray, MorningStar Music, Zimbel Press, Forton Music, and Paraclete Press. Maxwell also has 100 alternate hymn harmonizations with instrumental descants.