Gavin Black

Faculty / Gavin Black

Conservatory Teacher

Office Location 
Princeton Hall
Mailing Address 
101 Walnut Lane Princeton, NJ 08540
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Gavin Black is founder and Director of the Princeton Early Keyboard Center in Princeton, New Jersey, where he teaches harpsichord, clavichord, organ, and continuo playing. He also taught at Westminster Conservatory of Music from 1985 to 2003 and at Westminster Choir College from 1995 to 2000. He is an active recitalist on Baroque keyboard instruments, and has recorded on organ and on harpsichord for PGM, Centaur, and MHS. His recordings include music of Sweelinck, Froberger, Pachelbel, Buxtehude, and others, as well as J. S. Bach's The Art of the Fugue with colleague George Hazelrigg in a version for two harpsichords. Gavin has performed the complete organ music of J. S. Bach on the Fisk organ at Westminster Choir College. In addition to his focus on keyboard repertoire between 1500 and 1750, he has also specialized in the music of the twentieth century American composer Moondog, with whom he collaborated during the last twenty years of the composer's life. 

Gavin studied organ and harpsichord with Wendell Piehler, Paul Jordan, and Eugene Roan, piano with Lillian Silva, Lois Lounsbury, and Paul Klein, and conducting with Jahja Ling and Otto-Werner Mueller. 

Gavin writes a regular monthly column - On Teaching - for the organ magazine The Diapason. Topics have included pedal playing, registration, practice techniques, tuning and temperament, and much more. He is currently at work on an organ method which was partially serialized in The Diapason.