James David Christie
B.A., Oberlin College; M.M.A., New England Conservatory of Music
Wellesley College Organist
College organist and organ teacher; oversees the care of all the pipe organs on campus.
I am a very part-time member of the Wellesley Music Department and hold positions as distinguished artist in residence at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and professor of organ at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio. In addition, I have served as organist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1979. In the fall of 2010, I was in Paris, France as guest professor of organ at the Paris Conservatory and conducted research on women organist-composers from 1890 to 1960.
I teach private organ lessons and presently have one excellent organ student at Wellesley.
I am a concert organist and perform many recitals every year in North American and Europe. I have served on more than 40 national and international organ juries for organ performance competitions.
I love travel, but I really love being at home (which is not very often!). I am a serious collector of rare musical manuscripts and autographs; my collection includes Brahms, Franck, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, and about 500 other names. Some non-musical items in my collection are the Czars of Russia from Peter the Great through Nicholas II, the Popes of the 20th century, a very rare Martin Luther, Elizabeth I, and a very rare Mary, Queen of Scots!