Canon for Music at Trinity Cathedral in Sacramento since 1984, David Link studied at Sacramento City College and the Royal School of Church Music in England. His piano study was with Dr. Richard Carpenter, and his organ teachers included James Lang in Sacramento and Christopher Herrick, Alan Wicks, and Peter Hurford in London. He also studied choral conducting with Paul Hillier at the University of California at Davis.
David was recognized by Outstanding Young Men in America in 1986, and received the Trinity Cathedral “Dean’s Award” in 1999. He founded the Cathedral Music Series and Annual Diocesan Choir Festival, and has taken the Trinity Cathedral Choir on five tours of England, singing the great Cathedrals including Canterbury, York Minster and Westminster Abbey. He is a Past-Dean of the Sacramento Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and a long-time member of the Association of Anglican Church Musicians.
His many contributions to the Cathedral and in the Diocese were recognized in January of 2001, when Bishop Jerry Lamb made him an “Honorary Canon” of the Cathedral and Diocese. Though once referred to as “The Jimi Hendrix of the pipe organ,” he has never actually set fire to a musical instrument.
David enjoys road cycling, and the summer months find him hiking and backpacking in California’s high Sierras. During his sabbatical in 2004, he climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, at 19,340’, the tallest mountain in Africa, and one of the world’s “Seven Summits.” For the past four years, David has participated in the Nor Cal AIDS Cycle, riding 330 miles to raise funds for HIV/AIDS service agencies in Northern California.