One of the last students of legendary teacher Nadia Boulanger, David Conte is Chair of the Composition Department and Professor of Composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and on the Composition Faculty of the European American Music Alliance/Nadia Boulanger Institute in Paris. He is the composer of over one hundred published works, including six operas, a musical, works for chorus, solo voice, orchestra, chamber music, organ, piano, guitar, and harp. 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. He served on the board of the American Composer's Forum from 2011-207, and is currently Composer in Residence with Cappella SF, a professional chorus in San Francisco.
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Conte Wins 2016 NATS Art Song Composition Award for “American Death Ballads”
Online Interview with the American Composer's Forum
St. Olaf Choir sings "The Homecoming: In Memoriam Martin Luther King, Jr."
view on YouTube
Caritas Chamber Choir; Benedict Preece, conductor
O Sun from “September Sun”
NEW CD - Delos Music
"Conte proves himself a master of the singing line... Moments of palpably exciting
drama are interposed with those of quiet reflection, containing Conte's trademark
exquisite flowing melodic lines... David Conte is a major composer of our era.”
- David DeBoor Canfield, FANFARE MAGAZINE