Who needs green beer when you have the music of The Emerald Isle, George Gershwin, John Williams, and Your Requests.
In honor of St Day, Patrick's the NTC-ATOS proudly presents "A St Patrick's
featuring internationally renowned musician Dave Wickerham on our Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
If you have never seen Dave play before, you can check him out on YouTube by searching for "dave wickerham organist".
You will be amazed!!
Dave Wickerham was born in Encino, California in 1962. He began playing the electronic organ at the age
of four and had his first pipe organ experience at age 10. His musical education started at age 7.
When he moved to Arizona in 1976, he became Associate Organist at the famous Organ Stop Pizza Restaurants
in Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson. While in Arizona, he continued his musical studies with Roseamond Crowley,
one of the few remaining descendants of the Louis Vierne line of organists.
He attended the University of Arizona in Tucson on a full scholarship, pursuing classical organ studies
for six years with Dr. Roy Johnson.
In 1984, Dave moved to the Chicago area to become Staff Organist at Pipes and Pizza in Lansing, Illinois.
In addition to his performance there, he concertized frequently, as well as ministering musically and
serving at various churches.
August of 1990 found the Wickerham family – Dave, his wife and two young children - moving to Wisconsin,
where he was one of the featured Staff Organists at the Piper Music Palace in Greenfield,
a position he held for 10 years.
In the spring of 2000, Dave ushered in the new millennium with a limited special engagement,
as a featured organist at "Roxy"s Pipe Organ Pizzeria", part of a $26,000,000 expansion
phase at the FIESTA Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Wickerhams, Dave, Rhonda, and now three
great kids, spent a year and a half there before returning back home to Wisconsin in August of 2001.
For the next three years, Dave resumed his position at the Piper Music Palace and was also the Principal
Organist at Williams Bay Lutheran Church in Lake Geneva, WI.
He enjoys concertizing frequently to many audiences including various chapters of the American
Theatre Organ Society. In April of 1999, he took great pleasure being a feature artist in Melbourne,
Australia for the convention of the Theatre Organ Society of Australia for which he received rave reviews.
He returned "Down Under" for a five-week concert tour in New Zealand and Australia during the
summer of 2003 and 2012, as well as October/November of 2015.
Dave also enjoys recording and has "sold out" his fourth CD "Sounds of Music" recorded
on the famous 5 Manual, 80 Rank Theatre Organ at the Sanfilippo Residence in Barrington, IL.
There are several NEW recording projects that are soon to be completed and released.
After seven years as Organist - Curator with the legendary Milhous Collection in South Florida,
Dave and his family currently enjoy living in Upper Michigan in the historic town of Crystal Falls.
Dave and Rhonda have three grown kids, two married with children of their own.
So, with three grandchildren and concertizing, there are many opportunities for travel.
Tickets are $12.00 in advance or $14.00 at the door, and $5.00 in advance, or $7.00 at the door for children 12 and under.
Seniors 65 and older are free (ticket required).
Tickets can be obtained by calling the booking office on (214) 544-4630, or by going to
the MPAC website using the link below.
||This project is funded in part by the City of McKinney
through the City of McKinney Arts Commission.