David Miron was born and raised in a Reform Jewish home in Lake Jackson, Texas. He attended Congregation B’nai Israel in Galveston, where he became a Bar Mitzvah and confirmed during the tenure of Rabbi Samuel Stahl. His early teachers were William Chaisson for piano, Dorothy Moye for cello, and Jane Ambuhl for organ. After detours at Trinity University and Incarnate Word College, he completed a Bachelors of Arts in Music at St. Mary’s University in composition, piano, accompanying, and organ. During this time he began a spiritual and religious journey as he was baptized and confirmed into the Roman Catholic faith while serving as music director at Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Selma,. TX. He later served St. Mary’s University as liturgist/musician for Campus Ministry. His church playing career began in high school at age 13 .It spans 14 different denominations or religions.
After St. Mary’s , Miron began teaching music at St. Martin Hall, the laboratory/demonstration school for Our Lady of the Lake University’s Education department. He later also taught 5th grade, technology, science, social studies enrichment, religion, and was assistant principal. He taught 4th grade in the Edgewood ISD. He also became organist/accompanist at Colonial Hills United Methodist Church where realized a call to ordained ministry. He joined Colonial Hills and began graduate theological study with Perkins School of Theology/SMU when they opened an extension campus in San Antonio in 2001. Simultaneously he was completing a Masters of Education in Early Childhood, and an additional 30 graduate hours in school administration at Our Lady of the Lake University.
His wife, Bonnie Walker, a well-known food writer for the San Antonio Express-News was most familiar with his diligence at the computer writing papers during these three years. Only through the patience and understanding did his marriage survive the somewhat ridiculous over-commitment of working on 12-15 graduate hours per semester while being employed at one fulltime and one part-time job. He is extremely grateful for her patience and support.
The San Antonio District Board of Ordained Ministry confirmed his call to ministry in 2008; he anticipates ordination as a deacon in the United Methodist church in either 2010 or 2011.Currently he continues to serve as accompanist at Colonial Hills as well as Adult Education director, composes occasionally for the choir, and has been commissioned by the church to write a short opera for Christmas 2009 to be paired in performance with “Amahl and the Night Visitors”.
“I am pleased to have been accepted so warmly into Congregation Israel’s worship and community gatherings and look forward to being with you for a long while. Even with my recent conversion, I am touched to be able to offer those Jewish prayers like Kaddish for my relatives at the appropriate times during our services. Truly, this is an ecumenical congregation of warm welcome and forward outlook for all who desire to progress in knowledge and ritual through their Judaism.”
Voices of Israel
Our Jewish congregation celebrates the warmth, beauty and majesty of our liturgy in a welcoming warm atmosphere of holiness with the beauty of music and prayer. Joining our congregation for the High Holy Days and for special Shabbatot during the year is a choral ensemble of some of San Antonio’s finest solo singers..
To learn about our chorale, click the link to the left.