Don Morse

Since 1982, Don Morse has served as Minister of Worship and The Arts at Central United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona, where he coordinates all musical ensembles, worship experiences, the visual arts, theatre arts, and communications. He was educated at Boston University School for the Arts and The School of Theology at Boston University, with degrees in Sacred Music, Organ Performance, and Choral Conducting, and he completed additional graduate study at Westminster Choir College at Princeton. He has held regional and national offices in the Music Educator’s National Conference in the American Choral Directors Association, and in the American Guild of Organists. As a choral conductor, he has been guest clinician for numerous regional and all-state festivals, national religious gatherings, MENC Choral Festivals, AGO Conventions and Services, and ACDA Choral workshops and conventions. Morse served as President of the Board of Directors for the Phoenix Bach Choir, a professional vocal ensemble; served as The Executive Director of The Alliance of Arts and Understanding, an International Organization promoting diplomacy and intercultural understanding through music and also served as Festival Director for many of that organization’s international Music Festivals; served on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Bach Festival; and currently serves as Executive Director of The Arizona Piano Institute, a division of Central United Community Services. Additionally, he serves as consultant to many churches, schools, and not-for-profit organizations in the areas of board development, staff development, human resources, organ design & selection, and facilities planning. Canticum Novum, the tour choir of Central Church has concertized extensively throughout Europe under his direction singing as guests of the Pontifical Society of Sacred Music, and The Salzburg Sacred Music Festival, among others. Their current recording, Sacred Song Ancient and Modern is a compendium of sacred text by historical and contemporary composers.