Oc­to­ber 2, 1918, near Echo, Minnesota.

June 22, 2013, Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois.

After Hustad’s father died in a hunting accident when he was an infant, his family lived in Boone, Iowa. Donald began studying piano at the tender age of four, and went on to study at John Fletcher College (BA 1940) and Northwestern Un­i­ver­si­ty, Evanston, Illinois (MMus 1945, DMus 1963).

Hustad was an associate of the American Guild of Organists (1969), and Fellow of the Royal College of Organists in Lon­don (1974). He worked as a staff musician at station WMBI in Chicago, Illinois (1942–45), and as music director for Club Time on ABC radio (1945–53). He was later an Associate Professor of Music at Olivet Nazarene College, Kankakee, Illinois (1946–50); director of the Sacred Music Department at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago (1950–63); and conducted the Moody Chorale. He also played the organ for Billy Graham crusades, and directed the Crusader Men on the Hour of Decision broadcast. In 1966, he became Professor of Church Music at Southern Baptist The­o­lo­gi­cal Sem­in­a­ry in Lou­is­ville, Ken­tuc­ky, and in 1950, became an editor for Hope Pub­lish­ing Com­pa­ny in Chicago and Carol Stream, Illinois. His works in­clude:

  1. Highlands
  2. I’ve Heard the King
  3. Ridge Line
  4. Slane
  5. Wedlock