One of the last students of legendary teacher Nadia Boulanger, David Conte has been Professor of Composition and Conductor of the Conservatory Chorus at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1985, and on the Composition Faculty of the European American Music Alliance in Paris since 2011. He is the composer of over seventy published works, including five operas, a musical, works for chorus, solo voice, orchestra, chamber music, organ, piano, guitar, and harp. With composer Todd Boekelheide, Conte co-wrote the film score for the documentary Ballets Russes, shown at the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals in 2005, (now available on DVD) and composed the music for the PBS documentary, Orozco: Man of Fire in 2006, shown on the American Masters Series in the fall of 2007.
The Ives String Quartet plays David Conte's String Quartet No. 2, fifth movement
Upcoming Highlights for 2013
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Saturday, July 6th, 2013
"The Kingdom of God" (World Premiere-
Commissioned in memory of those
who lost their lives in Newton, Connecticut on December 14, 2012.
Carmel Mission Basilica Choir; Laura Anderson, conductor; Carmel, CA
Sunday, June 30th, 2013; 11AM
"Missa Brevis" (World Premiere)
St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church Choir; William Trafka, conductor
St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, New York, New York http://www.stbarts.org/summer-festival-1/
May 10th, 2013; 7:30pm;
Quail Lakes Baptist Church, Stockton
May 11th, 2013, 3:00pm; The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi
"I Heard You Singing" (world premiere; commissioned for the SC's 60th anniversary)
Stockton Chorale; Magen Solomon, conductor
Sunday, March 17th, 2013; 5PM
Faculty Artist Series Recital
"A Whitman Triptych;" International Orange Chorale; Zane Fiala, conductor
"Piano Trio;" Kay Stern, violin; Emil Miland, cello; Keisuke Nakagoshi, piano
"Sextet;" Friction Quartet; Brenden Guy, clarinet; Keisuke Nakagoshi, piano; "September Sun;" UC Berkeley Chorus; SFCM String Orchestra, Marika Kuzma, conductor; "Lincoln;" A. J. Glueckert, tenor; SFCM String Orchestra http://www.sfcm.edu/performance-calendar
Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
"American Triptych" for SATB Chorus and Chamber Ensemble
West Chester University Concert Choir; David DeVenney, conductor
"I positively reviewed Conte's opera 'Firebird Motel' in a previous issue...
here is a different side of the composer, the liturgical side...
Conte's expertise in choral writing is underscored by his 'Two Hymns'...
his restrained "Ave Maria" is a beautiful piece of writing...
his work is all the more effective for its simplicity."
Colin Clarke, Fanfare Magazine