About the composer...

Known 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.

His 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.

His 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 Foundation;
• 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;
Sun Dogs (2005), commissioned by Roger and Verna Rohlck for the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra;
• T’ao Ch’ien
, recipient of VocalEssence’s 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.

About Deer Grove Press...

Founded 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 Forum.

Using Finale 2014™ on a Macintosh platform, we have experience with full orchestral scores, jazz charts, chamber music, and contemporary graphic notation.
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