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Donald Krehbiel is the Director of Music at First Unitarian Church of Dallas. Joining the church staff in 1989 as Sanctuary Choir Director, he was named Choir Director/Organist in 1990 and Director of Music in 2001. He holds degrees in vocal performance from Bethel College and a Master of Sacred Music, magna cum laude, from Southern Methodist University and Perkins School of Theology, where he studied organ with Dr. Robert T. Anderson and conducting with Lloyd Pfautsch.
Known for his passion for finding new and unusual choral music as well as older but rarely heard pieces, Mr Krehbiel has led numerous choral repertoire sessions for national and regional meetings of the Fellowship of United Methodists, the Unitarian Universalists Musicians Fellowship, and the American Guild of Organists.
In 2010 he was presented two awards for excellence in church music: The Ruth Clark Award from The North Texas Association of Unitarian Universalist Societies, and the Soli Deo Gloria Award from Perkins School of Theology.
In 1995, Mr. Krehbiel founded the Orpheus Chamber Singers, a 24-voice professional ensemble. This critically-acclaimed choir has been noted for their “gorgeous, eloquent singing”. Serving as Artistic Director, Mr. Krehbiel has built this choir into one of the finest in the country, and is noted for his innovative programming. For more information, visit their website at www.orpheuschambersingers.org.
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