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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.

Online Interview with the American Composer's Forum

St. Olaf Choir sings "The Homecoming: In Memoriam Martin Luther King, Jr."
view on YouTube

pause music "Fantasy for Orchestra"

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
(click news for complete listing)

Saturday, May 18th, 2014, 8PM, Sunday May 19th, 3PM; Tuesday, May 20th, 8PM
"Everyone Sang"
St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, San Francisco
Golden Gate Men's Chorus; Joseph Piazza, conductor

Friday, May 22nd, 2014; 8:00
First Unitarian Church, San Francisco
"Elegy for Matthew"
University of Michigan Men's Glee Club;  Eugene Rogers, conductor

Saturday, June 14th, 2014, 5:30PM
"Everyone Sang" song cycle for Baritone and Piano
SongFest LA
Thayer Hall, The Colburn School, Los Angeles
Sam Schultz, baritone; Gloria Kim, piano

"A Hope Carol"
Young Women's Choral Projects of San Francisco
Susan McMane, conductor

East Coast Tour: June 2014
Tuesday, June 17th, 6PM

Marsh Chapel, Boston University
Wednesday, June 18th, 7PM
George Kent Performance Hall, Westerly, RI
Saturday, June 21st, 7:30PM
Shrine of St. Anthony of Padua, New York City
Sunday, June 22nd, 10:30AM
Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church

New Publications

all works published by E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Ubi Caritas #7426 (SATB) $1.95

Christmas Intrada #7418 (SATB, TTBB, SSAA, organ or/organ with brass/perc.) $2.80

A Bell #7730 (SATB Chorus and Organ) (audio - 3:37) $1.95
Harvard University Choir, Edward Elwyn, conductor; Christian Lane, organist

The Homecoming #7348 (SATB Chorus; Chanticleer commission) $2.25

I Love the Lord #7370 (SATB Chorus, Organ) $1.95

Blessing #7347 (SATB Chorus, Keyboard) $1.55

Irish Blessing #7038 (SATB a cappella) $1.50

Three Mystical Hymns
1. By Night While Others Soundly Slept #6878 (SATB a cappella)
2. Infinity #6879 (SATB a cappella)
3. In Heaven Sounding Up #6880 (SATB; organ)

Two Hymns in Honor the the Blessed Sacrament #6598 (SATB a cappella) $2.15
1. O Salutaris hostia
2. Tantum Ergo 

Nunc Dimittis #6045 (in English; SATB; organ) $2.05

New CD

"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

Music for Chorus and Organ
Christ Church Schola Cantorum
Stephen Kennedy, Conductor; David Higgs, Organ
Arsis Recordings, 2008
(click to listen to excerpts)
O Salutaris hostia (2:41)
The Snow Lay On the Ground (3:45)