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.
St. Olaf Choir sings "The Homecoming: In Memoriam Martin Luther King, Jr." view on YouTube
Piano Fantasy (with scrolling score)
Scott Foglesong, pianist
The Ives String Quartet plays David Conte's String Quartet No. 2, fifth movement
Upcoming Highlights for 2014
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Tuesday, September 9th, 2014; 8PM
"Chorale and Gigue" (World premiere)
Alan Morrison, organist
The Cathedral of St. Philip; Atlanta, GA http://www.agoatlanta.org
Friday, September 19th, 2014; 7:30PM
String Quartet No. 2 (Fifth Movement)
Friction String Quartet
SFCM Recital Hall; sponsored by SFCM and the American Composer's Forum
Sunday, November 9th, 2014; 8PM
"i carry your heart with me" (World premiere)
Heidelburg University Concert Choir; Gregory Ramsdell, conductor
First United Church of Christ, Galion, OH http://www.heidelberg.edu/calendar/choir-7
December 12th, 13th, 14th, and 19th, 20th, 21st, 2014
"The Gift of the Magi" (world premiere of version for 7 instruments)
Hidden Valley Opera, Carmel, CA; Stewart Robertson, conductor; David Walsh, director http://www.hiddenvalleymusic.org/calendar.php
"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