David Wold is Organist and Accompanist at Rye Congregational Church (RCC), since 2003. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Abendmusik Fine Arts Concert Series, which RCC hosts, now Celebrating Ten Years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with concentration in Organ Performance from the University of New Hampshire where he studied organ with John Skelton. Before college, his teachers included Diane Boorman, pianist; Welsh/Canadian organist and composer Gwilym Bevan; and Dr. David Jones, organist, Princeton Theological Seminary, retired. David Wold maintains an active private piano and organ studio in Dover, NH, where he currently teaches all ages throughout the year. David Wold is also the Executive Director of Rye Summer Piano Intensive, LLC – A Summer Day Camp for Piano Students ages 9 -17, now in its sixth year. David Wold is a member of the American Guild of Organists, and has served on the Planning and Executive Committees of the New Hampshire Chapter for several years. He is also an organ instructor with the Young Organist Collaborative, a Seacoast scholarship organization dedicated to introducing the pipe organ to young people.
Melinda McMahon is a mezzo-soprano and an instrumental artist. She has a B.M.E. in choral studies with a minor in harp performance from the University of Kansas, and an M.A. in music history with vocal performance emphasis from UNH. She has appeared as a soloist in Europe and Turkey, and has performed throughout New England and the Midwest.
As a long-term member of the critically-acclaimed Boston Early Music Festival renaissance group, Capella Alamire, she has published 6 CD’s on the Titanic, Dorian Discovery, Naxos and Centaur labels. Partnering with soprano Angelynne Hinson in Sirens’ Song, a duo who is known for their unique blend and varied programming, she has produced two CD’s, A Quiet Christmas and Mélange. The Sirens have appeared on numerous regional concert series as well as in London, England.
As an instrumentalist, her experiences cover a wide range of repertoire from early music to theatrical productions. She has performed regionally as well as in Carnegie Hall and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall. Melinda continues to teach harp and voice in her studio, as she has done for over 35 years.