for its inventive yet approachable sounds, David's music ranges from the experimental to the familiar, all drawn from classical, jazz and rock traditions. His work has been hailed as “exciting” by WCCO, and MPR’s State of the Arts said his music “evokes a kind of synesthesia”. He has received grants and awards from Meet the Composer, American Composers Forum, American Music Center, ASCAP, the Jerome Foundation, Mardag Foundation and Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation.
works are published exclusively by Deer
Grove Press. David founded Deer Grove Press in 1995 as a means of publishing his own work and offering music copying and engraving services to a wide range of music professionals and organizations, including work for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, American Bach Society, Minnesota Public Radio, Schubert Club, and the Taipei Liuqin Chamber Orchestra as well as individual composers across the country. From 2000-2005, he served as Music Copy Editor and engraver for most pieces in the BandQuest™ series published by Hal Leonard and the American Composers Forum.
David received his Masters in Composition–Magna Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota, where his principal teachers were Dominick
Argento and Judith
Lang Zaimont. Studying with David
Vayo, he earned his Bachelor of Music in Composition – Piano Performance emphasis from Illinois Wesleyan University, graduating Magna Cum Laude and with Research Honors.
David served on the Board of Directors for Northfield Arts Guild from 2007-2012, including a term as president during the final year, and is an active member of ASCAP,
American Composers Forum, and Phi
Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He
currently lives in the Twin Cities with his lovely
wife, Jennifer, their two energetic children, and a
ridiculously large collection of American comic books.
most recent major works include:
mutagenesis (2008), commissioned by the new music ensemble Zeitgeist for their 30th Anniversary;
\kânün\ (2007) for a cappella TTBB choir, commissioned
for Cantus by the American
Composers Forum with funds provided by the Jerome
Music for A Silent Symphony Adventure (2006) for orchestra, an early childhood education
project combining orchestral music, poetry, and
visual arts commissioned for the Albert Lea Sesquicentennial;
Fête (2005) for brass quartet, commissioned by Abbott
Northwestern Hospital for the 10th Anniversary
of the Piper Breast Center;
Dogs (2005), commissioned by Roger and Verna
Rohlck for the St.
Cloud Symphony Orchestra;
Tao Chien, recipient of VocalEssences
2003 Essentially Choral Award;
No End Save Victory, a band piece commissioned
by the Parks Department of Hutchinson, Minn.,
with funding from the Mardag Foundation; and
6 of 1 for Chamber Orchestra, which
was selected for the 2003 GAMMA-UT conference
at the University of Texas - Austin;
as well as several private commissions.
Deer Grove Press...
in 1995, Deer Grove Press offers music copyist and engraving
services to a variety of music professionals and
organizations, including work for the St. Louis
Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Public Radio, Schubert
Club, Intergalactic Contemporary Ensemble, and
several university orchestras and wind ensembles,
as well as most
pieces in the recently published BandQuest
series from Hal Leonard and the American Composers
Finale 2014 on a Macintosh platform, we
have experience with full orchestral scores, jazz
charts, chamber music, and contemporary graphic
available upon request.