Both choral conductor and organist, David Schelat is Minister of Music at First and Central Church in Wilmington. At First & Central, he has led the Chancel Choir and Center City Chorale in masterworks such as the Requiems of Fauré, Duruflé, and Mozart, Mozart's Solemn Vespers of the Confessor, and Coronation Mass, Handel's Messiah, and Vivaldi's Gloria. In addition, he has explored a significant amount of secular and multi-cultural choral literature with these choirs.

He is a frequent organ recitalist in the mid-Atlantic region, and has planned and played numerous hymn festivals in the United States, Canada, and in Europe, including festivals for conferences of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, the American Guild of Organists, and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. As a chamber music player, he has appeared with numerous chamber ensembles and soloists on the East Coast playing both organ and harpsichord. His organ teachers include Will O. Headlee, Wilbur Held, and David Craighead.

He was chosen four times from an international pool of candidates to be one of 16 Choral Fellows participating in the Dennis Keene Choral Festival, where he studied conducting with Dennis Keene (Voices of Ascension), John Alexander (Pacific Chorale), Peter Bagley (University of Connecticut), and Vance George (San Francisco Symphony Chorus). Previously he studied with Maurice Casey and Joseph Flummerfelt.

He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, Chorus America, and American Choral Directors Association. He has served on the Delaware State Arts Council, national board of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and was Conference Director of PAM's 2000 Westminster Conference on Worship and Music. He received his Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from The Ohio State University, his Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, and has pursued additional post-graduate studies at Syracuse University. He composes on commission; his organ and choral music is published by Oxford University Press and MorningStar Music.