Dom David Nicholson, O.S.B
Zodrow, Abbot Nathan, Sacred Music
A monk of Mt. Angel Abbey in Oregon, Dom David Nicholson passed peacefully to the Lord on the ninth day of June, 2009, in the nintieth year of his life, the sixty-third year of his profession as a monk and in his sixtieth year as a priest. Advanced lung cancer finally brought his long life to an end, a life that had been devoted to the study, teaching, and conducting of music; even in his eighty-ninth year, he was teaching the novices a class in what remained a great love of his, Gregorian chant.
Fr. David was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1919, and his early education was received in Winnepeg, Manitoba and in Calgary, Alberta. His early training in piano and theory was with the Tornoto Royal Conservatory of Music and he was in his teens when he began studying the pipe organ. Later studies as a monk would take him to universities in England and the United States, and in 1968 he earned a M. …