The Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel

The College Organist


In 1995, David F. Oliver was appointed Organist/Artist in Residence at Morehouse College, where he is now Director of Music Ministries/College Organist in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel.  He has been named as one of the College’s “Institutions.”

A Native of Chattanooga, TN, David is a member of the Warren Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church.  Having completed his undergraduate studies at Wheaton College, Illinois, he received a master of music degree in organ performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.  David received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance from the University of South Carolina School of Music in 1999.

Dr. Oliver has performed in the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers for the Performing Arts.  His European performances have included Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Grossmunster in Zurich, the Maurice Ravel Auditorium in Lyon, France; and the Temple Church in London.   His concert schedule in the United States has included recitals at historic St. Thomas Church and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, Trinity Church (Copley Square) in Boston, the Washington National Cathedral, and the University of the South.  He has played concerts in the Cathedral of St. Philip, St Luke’s Episcopal Church, Morehouse College, the historic Ebenezer Baptist and First Congregational Churches, all of which are in Atlanta.  Other concerts have been held at the College Church in Wheaton, Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, the Crystal Cathedral, located in Garden Grove, California, and several chapters of the American Guild of Organists.

Dr. Oliver played five concerts during the Centennial Olympic Games 1996 in Atlanta.  He is the first African-American organist invited to play in the Organ Concert Series at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City.  He has performed at several Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. National Conventions, including the Centennial Convention held in Washington, DC.

Dr. Oliver was the recipient of the Sears Roebuck Teaching Excellence Award given to only 700 professors in higher education for excellence in teaching and contributions made to the school and community.  Dr. Oliver has made recordings at the First [Scots] Presbyterian Church in Charleston, South Carolina (featured on the nationally syndicated weekly radio series “Pipedreams”), and the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College, which was broadcast on PBS.

Dr. Oliver is listed on the roster of Concert Artists Cooperative.

For more information about the College Organist, contact:

Dr. David F. Oliver
Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Organist
Tel: (404) 215-2608
Fax: (404) 614 – 8550