David Conte

David Conte (1955-) is an American composer.Born in Denver Colorado of musical parents, Conte studied piano and choral singing in the Lakewood (OH) public schools with B. Neil Davis before attending Bowling Green State University (OH), majoring in composition. After graduation from Bowling Green (Bachelor of Music, 1978), where he studied with Wallace DePue, he attended Cornell University (MFA; 1981, DMA; 1983), where he studied with Karel Husa and Steven Stucky. Conte worked with Aaron Copland in 1982 preparing a thesis on his manuscript sketches. Conte has been honored as a Fulbright Scholar in Paris (where he studied with Nadia Boulanger), a Ralph Vaughan Williams Fellow and an Aspen Music Festival Conducting Fellow. He has served on the faculties of Cornell University, Colgate University, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. While at Cornell, he served as both the assistant director and acting director of the Cornell University Glee Club, for whom he composed numerous works. Since 1985 has been Professor of Composition and Conservatory Chorus conductor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Composer-in-Residence with the theater company Thick Description since 1990.


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