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Daryl Bichel received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and holds Master of Music degrees from the New England Conservatory in performance of early music and in organ performance. He has held a strong interest in sacred music since beginning to study organ while in high school and attending concerts by touring choirs of Lutheran colleges.
He serves on the Executive Committee of the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and has also been a member of the Board of Trustees for the Old West Organ Society. His sacred music posts have included Lutheran churches, Episcopal parish churches, an Episcopal cathedral, and an Episcopal monastic community.
A vocal student of Jason McStoots, he is currently a member of the choir of men and boys at The Parish of All Saints - Ashmont in Dorchester. He also sings in the Seraphim Singers and works as a substitute organist. He owns a bed and breakfast in Jamaica Plain and the large music room there is the scene of regular classical music and jazz concerts, juxtaposed with the exhibition of work by local artists.
His history at First Church includes organ lessons from Robert Schuneman and practicing on the Frobenius organ as a Conservatory student. He sang in the Cambridge Concentus under Mr. Schuneman as well, and over the years occasionally was a substitute organist and choir director for services.