Like most talented theatre organists, Dave Peckham lives, eats, and
breathes pipe organs. He’s been on tour around the world. And when he’s
not performing, he’s restoring and repairing pipe organs for the family
In his spare time, he’s the organist for the Clemens Center in
Elmira, New York, providing accompaniment and sound effects for silent
films or tunes before the start of a show. Like so many child
prodigies, Dave began taking piano lessons at age eight, then moved to
the pipe organ when he was 11. He studied liberal arts and music at the
Eastman School of Music,
then returned to his home in Horsehead, New York, to work at his
family’s pipe organ repair shop, L.A. Peckham and Son Pipe Organ
He credits his parents with giving him a musical background. ’’I was
going to concerts, apparently, before I was born,’’ he said. It was his
family that brought him back to Horsehead after his Eastman education.
The family’s pipe organ repair business was busy repairing the Clemens
Center organ after it suffered severe water damage.
Dave is married and has three teenage children. He often has the
chance to tour internationally. He’s played in England and Australia as
well as nationally, in states from Maine to California. He’s recorded
four CDs, the most recent on the Wurlitzer installation
at Rochester’s Auditorium Center,
home of the Rochester
Theatre Organ Society.