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David Bartlett dead at 76

January 10, 2024
David Bartlett
David Bartlett

David Bartlett, 76, born August 5, 1947, died December 18, 2023, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His musical career began as a young chorister in the local family church in Folkestone, Kent, England. He attended the Royal College of Music, London, where he was an organ student of Ralph Downes and then moved to Salzburg where he studied at the Mozarteum with Michael Schneider. He participated many times in the International Summer Organ Academy in Haarlem, the Netherlands. Bartlett moved to the United States in 1975 as a graduate student in musicology at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. He was a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. 

David Bartlett served churches in London and in St. Louis before his appointment in 1982 as the ninth organist and choirmaster of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Detroit, Michigan. In 2000 he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he directed the music at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral and then at St. Helena’s Catholic Church, St. Paul, Minnesota, retiring in 2022. He presented organ recitals in the United States, England, and France. In addition to his work as an organist and choral conductor, he composed several hymntunes, anthems, and carol settings, many of which are still in use at the cathedral in Detroit. 

David Bartlett is survived by his sister Janet and her family. A memorial service will be held in Minneapolis at a date yet to be determined, as well as a service at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit.


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