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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, February 8th, 2014; 8PM
Faculty Artist Series Recital
SF Conservatory
"Rossetti Songs;" Three Yeats Settings;" "String Quartet No. 2  
Brian Thorsett, tenor; Steven Bailey, piano; Friction Quartet

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014; 7:30 PM
St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco
"O Sun" from September Sun
Cappella SF (Debut Concert)
Ragnar Bohlin, conductor 

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014, 8PM;
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
"Pastorale and Toccata" for organ
Composer's Inc; Jonathan Dimmock, organ

Saturday, March 15th, 2014; 8:00PM
Sunday, Mach 16th, 2014 3PM; All Saints Parish, Brookline, MA
Elegy for Matthew 
Metropolitan Chorale; Lisa Graham, conductor 

Sunday, March 30th, 2014; 7:00PM
"To Music," "Candles in the Winderness"
Sing for America Chorus; Brett Strader, conductor
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco

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

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)