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Colleges cut ties with acclaimed Boston-area concert organist amid sex allegations

James David Christie has resigned his post as distinguished artist-in-residence at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, the school said.

James David Christie in 2000.
James David Christie has performed with the BSO. –Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images/file 2000

Colleges in Massachusetts and Ohio have abruptly cut ties with a Boston-area concert organist of international acclaim amid allegations of sexual misconduct dating back decades.

James David Christie, widely regarded as one of the greatest organists of his generation, has resigned his post as distinguished artist-in-residence at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, the school said Thursday. He has also left Oberlin College and Conservatory, where he was a professor of organ and chair of the organ department. Christie has played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra since at least 1980, and he served as Wellesley College organist for years.

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A group of former students wrote Holy Cross president Rev. Philip L. Boroughs earlier this month, charging that Christie “is an imminent danger to students on your campus.’’

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