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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 in Paris.  He is the composer of over eighty 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 currently serves on the board of the American Composer's Forum and as Composer in Residence with Cappella SF, a professional chorus in San Francisco.

SFCM Faculty Video Profile

Online Interview with the American Composer's Forum

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

play/pause music "String Quartet No. 2: V. Allegro energico"
Friction Quartet

New CD:  Chamber Music of David Conte  - Albany Records

"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

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Piano Fantasy (with scrolling score)
Scott Foglesong, pianist

Upcoming Highlights for 2015
(click news for complete listing)

Sunday, September 13th, 2015; 2PM
“Eingang” (world premiere) 
Lieder Alive; Heidi Moss, soprano; Daniel Lockert
Noe Valley Ministry, 1201 Sanchez St., San Francisco.

Sunday, September 13th, 4PM
Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco
"Pastorale and Toccata" for organ
Composer's Inc; Jonathan Dimmock, organ

Wednesday, September 16th through Thursday October 25th, 2015 (Annual Tour)
“A Copland Portrait” 
U. S. Marine Band; Jason K. Fettig, conductor
Concerts in:  Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico

Sunday, September 20th, 2015; 7:30PM
A Boulanger Birthday;  lecture and music by David Conte; works of Copland,
Lili and Nadia Boulanger, others

Sunday, October 25th, 2015; 3PM
“Clarinet Sonata” (first movement; premiere)
Franklin Cohen, clarinet
Arts Renaissance Tremont Chamber Music Series
Pilgrim Congregational Church, Cleveland Ohio

Sunday, November 1st, 2015; 2PM
“60th Birthday Concert”
“Sinfonietta for Eleven Instruments” (world premiere)
Michael Morgan, conductor
“American Death Ballads”
Brian Thorsett, tenor; John Churchwell, piano
24 Preludes (composed by 24 SFCM alumni composers)
Dance Suite (composed by 8 SFCM alumni composers)
Scott Foglesong, Keisuke Nakagoshi, Tristan Yang, pianists
Hume Concert Hall, San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Saturday, November 7th, 2015; 7:30PM
“Madrigals for the Seasons” {“A Summer’s Day;” “Autumn”} (world premiere)
Cappella SF;  Ragnar Bohlin, conductor
Mission Dolores Basilica, San Francisco

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015; 3PM
“Fanfare/Exit to the Castle” (from “The Masque of the Red Death")
Katherine Bormann, violin/Amitai Vardi, clarinet/Jonathan Sherwin, bassoon/
Jack Sutte, trumpet/Rick Stout, trombone/Donald Miller, percussion
Arts Renaissance Tremont Chamber Music Series
Pilgrim Congregational Church, Cleveland Ohio

Sunday, December 6th , 2015; 7:30PM
“To Music” for SATB Chorus and Piano
Swarthmore College Chorus; Joseph Gregorio, conductor; Timur Mustakimov piano

Saturday, 12/5, 7:30; Sunday, 12/6, 2:30; Friday, 12/11, 7:30;
Friday, 12/18, 7:30; Saturday, 12/19, 7:30; Sunday, 12/20, 2:30

“The Gift of the Magi” Opera in one act  (world premiere of version for 7 instruments)
Hidden Valley Opera Ensemble, Carmel Valley, CA
Sara Duchovnay, Ryan Bradford, Nora Graham Smith, Anders Froelich; William Long, conductor
104 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924

New Publications

all works published by E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Alleluia for SSAATTBB Chorus, #7425, (SSAATTBB), [General],

Aria and Fugue, #7575, (Soprano saxophone, organ), [Secular],

Three Poems of Christina Rossetti, #7544, (Mezzo-soprano, piano),
[Secular], $15.75

Three Poems of Christina Rossetti, #8056, (High voice, piano),
[Secular], $15.75

Aria and Fugue, #7428, (Violoncello & Piano), $10.50

Aria and Fugue (Score & Part), #7941, (Violin & Piano), $10.50

I dream a world (Full Score), #7874, (SATB & Piano or opt. String
Orchestra), [Secular], $15.75

I dream a world (String Parts 3-2-2-2-1), #7875, (SATB & Piano or
opt. String Orchestra), [Secular], $26.25

I dream a world (Piano/Choral Score), #7873, (SATB & Piano or opt.
String Orchestra), [Secular], $2.25

Crossing the Bar, #7720, (TTBB unaccompanied), [Secular], $1.95

Concert Suite for Brass Quintet and Organ (Full Set), #7872, (Brass
Quintet & Organ), $55.00

Advent, #8026, (SATB & Organ), [Advent], $1.95

Missa Brevis, #8067, (SATB & organ), [Mass], $4.10

Psalm of Praise, #7793, (SATB & Organ), [Psalm], $2.80

Fantasia and Fugue on “Leoni”, #7779, (Organ Solo), [General],

Ring Out, Wild Bells (Percussion Score - 3 copies), #7736, (Ten &
Bar soli, TTBB, Piano 4-hands, Perc & Timp), [Christmas], $23.60

Piano 4-hands, Perc & Timp), [Christmas], $21.00
Ring Out, Wild Bells, #7734, (Ten & Bar soli, TTBB, Piano 4-hands
[opt. Perc & Timp]), [Christmas], $3.40

To Music, #7737, (SATB & Piano), [Secular], $1.95

Sexton Songs, #5635, (Soprano & Piano or opt. Chamber
Ensemble), [Secular], $25.00

Sexton Songs (Full Score), #6617, (Soprano solo & Chamber
Ensemble), [Secular], $35.00

Sinfonietta (Study Score) (Full Score & Parts on Rental), #8032,
(Chamber Orchestra), $19.45

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)