Collegiate Faculty


Composition, Musicianship and Theory, Music History and Literature

David Conte has received commissions from Chanticleer, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, the Dayton, Oakland East Bay and Stockton symphonies, the American Choral Directors Association, the American Guild of Organists, Sonoma City Opera and the Gerbode Foundation. The composer of five operas and a musical, he has published over 80 works with E.C. Schirmer, and his work is represented on numerous recordings. A Fulbright Scholar in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, a Ralph Vaughan Williams Fellow and an Aspen Music Festival Conducting Fellow, he earned a B.M. from Bowling Green State University with Wallace DePue and Ruth Inglefield, and an M.F.A. and D.M.A. from Cornell University with Karel Husa, Robert Palmer, Steven Stucky and Thomas Sokol. In 1982 he worked with Aaron Copland preparing a study of the composer's sketches. He has taught at Cornell, Keuka College, Colgate University and Interlochen. He co-composed the score for the documentary Ballets Russes and composed the score for the documentary Orozco: Man of Fire in 2007. In 2009 he composed "An Exhortation," a setting of words by Barack Obama performed at President Obama's inauguration.

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