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Employment History


Castro Theatre

Managing Director

shiro communication GmbH

Content Developer

David Hegarty

Software Developer

Applied Micro Electronics "AME" B.V.

Content Developer

Authoring Services


SFCODA - Castro Organ Devotees Association



Bachelor of Arts

Organ Performance

Loma Linda University

Master of Music

Andrews University


organ performance

Andrews University


organ performance

Loma Linda University


organ performance

University of Cincinnati

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David Hegarty
Director & marketing consultant david.hegarty@kpunkt.net

Hegarty's Workshop - People

David H. Hegarty

Saratoga Presbyterian Church | Meet our Staff

David Hegarty, Organist
David is a nationally known composer of church music and former editor of The Sacred Organ Journal. As a concert organist, he has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Crystal Cathedral, and with the San Francisco Symphony. He plays regularly at the Castro Theatre, Stanford Theatre, and the Palace of the Legion of Honor.

Castro Organists: Playing on the Job

David Hegarty, the principal organist, and Bill McCoy, who fills in for him regularly, are both highly trained performers and composers who have been lending an air of pomp to the theatre-going experience at the Castro for 20 years.
Hegarty holds a Master's degree in organ performance and has taught and performed across the U.S. He composes piano, organ and choral music and founded his own press for publishing church music and educational materials. He plays for events and parties all around the Bay Area. "With pipes on both sides of the theatre, it's the original stereo experience, too," says Hegarty. Theatre organs were popular in the silent film era, but fell out of favor with theatre-goers once "talkies" came around. It was 30 or so years ago that theatre organs began their comeback from obscurity. According to Hegarty and McCoy, pizza parlors gave many of the old theatre organs a new lease on life. According to Hegarty, playing at the Castro Theatre is "a job that doesn't feel like a job. But it does require some quick thinking and dexterity, as Hegarty found out one night while dealing with a disgruntled audience member. The woman climbed up on the four-foot high platform, crawled onto the bench with Hegarty and began yelling. Startled, Hegarty pushed the button for the hydraulic lift to lower the platform to the floor. Once down, he nudged the unhappy listener off the bench and pushed the button again to start back up, all without missing a beat. Hegarty remembers, "I was playing Gershwin on the way down, but after getting her off the bench and rising back up on the platform, I had somehow segued into Oklahoma.

The Music Man

And chances are, it's master organist David Hegarty up there pulling out all the right stops and delivering the Jeanette MacDonald tune that's long been the movie house's theme song and signal for the lights to go down.
"I don't know how many times I've played that," Hegarty said the other day. "But I still like it. It always has that feel." And it always gets cheers, as Hegarty rides the restored Wurlitzer down to the floor. Any way you figure it, Hegarty has to have played the song thousands of times in his 23 1/2 years at the Castro. Since bumping up to chief organist in 1985, he's been playing five, six, even seven days a week, often two mini-concerts a day before and between movies. Audiences love him, even if they do chatter right through his breezy medleys. The ease with which he runs through show tunes and popular standards disguises how hard he works. But Hegarty is one serious musician. The organ isn't just how he makes his living; it's his life. Far from being a lone organ fanatic, Hegarty is part of a thriving American subculture that reveres the old art of theater organ music - and has saved it from extinction. The Bay Area has "more world-class theater organs than any area in the country," Hegarty said. He's played them all and appears twice a week on the one at Palo Alto's Stanford Theatre. He also plays classical and church organs, and composes for the organ. If organs are retro, consider that Hegarty started out on the accordion as a boy in Scottsdale, Ariz. He taught himself the organ, earned college and graduate degrees in classical and church organ music in the Midwest, and then fled the heartland for gay liberationist San Francisco in 1976. A new taste for show tunes and the scores from movies of Hollywood's Golden Age soon followed, and a spot on the bench of the Castro Theatre's organ seems almost inevitable. Instantly acquainting himself with the Bay Area's organ scene, Hegarty was invited to substitute at the Castro within weeks of arriving. Then, the theater had an electronic organ; the huge Wurlitzer, pieced together from parts found around the country, replaced it in the early '80s and Hegarty has played it more than anyone else. Earning his living at piano bars and socialites' parties back then, Hegarty honed his repertoire. He can summon hundreds of songs from memory, a seven- page single-spaced list that runs from "Alice Blue Gown" to "Zip-A-Dee-Doo- Dah" and is heavy with Cole Porter, Gershwin, Jerome Kern. And that doesn't begin to cover the music he samples to tailor each 15-minute concert to the film about to screen. For a recent showing of "Funny Girl," Hegarty focused not on star Barbra Streisand but on the entertainer she plays in the movie. Amid the chatter, fans clapped when he rolled into Brice's signature "Second Hand Rose" and other songs from the movie, along with tunes that evoked Broadway. "I intrude in their consciousness now and then," Hegarty said. With Moors working more in New York nowadays, Hegarty is spending about 10 days a month there.

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