Donald Ingram was born in Hinsdale and studied organ in Buffalo during his high school years. He earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, with a major in organ, from Syracuse University where he was a student of the late Arthur Poister. Shortly after graduation, he became Organist/Choirmaster at Kenmore United Methodist Church and then St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo (1962-1968) while also performing as Sales Manager and Staff Organist of the Schlicker Organ Co. from 1956-1963. He went on to serve at St Peter’s Church, Albany; St. Paul’s in Troy; historic Trinity Church, Newport, RI; and Trinity Church, Vero Beach, FL, from which he retired in 1999. Since then he has served as Interim Music Director in several churches. Don was a lecturer at the 2004 Organ Historical Society convention in Buffalo and has presented recitals and workshops throughout North America and Europe. During his career, he has been Organ Consultant to many churches and is presently a member of the Organ Advisory Committee at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany. He currently lives on the Mohawk River, north of Albany.
Don will be giving a recital on Friday, September 24, 2010, at 7:30 pm at the former St. Francis Xavier Church (now Buffalo Religious Art Center) on East Street in Buffalo. This is part of the “Preserving Buffalo’s Religious Artistic Heritage” series. Ward Hamlin, one of our wardens and a tenor in the Men’s section of our choir will be singing in this recital as well.