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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.

Online Interview with the American Composer's Forum
composersforum.org/content/david-conte-acf-board-member

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)

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014; 8PM
"Chorale and Gigue" (World premiere)
Alan Morrison, organist 
The Cathedral of St. Philip; Atlanta, GA
http://www.agoatlanta.org

Monday, September 15th, 2014; 7:30PM
"Elegy for Violin and Piano" (U. S. premiere)
Susan Paik, Violin; Edward Niedermaier, piano
Ganz Hall; Roosevelt University; Chicago

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, January 25th, 2015; 4:00PM
"Aria and Fugue" for Cello and Piano
Emil Miland, Cello; Steven Bailey, piano
Noe Valley Chamber Music Concert Series
http://nvcm.org/season22/emil-miland-and-friends/

Monday, February 16th, 2015, 7:30pm -- Madeleine Wing Adler Theater, West Chester University of PA.
Sunday, February 22nd, 2015, 3:00pm -- Lee Chapel, Elizabeth Hall, Stetson University, DeLand FL
"Three Poems of Christina Rossetti" for Tenor and Piano
Stephen Ng, Tenor

Friday, February 20th, 2015; 7:30PM
Saturday, February 21st, 2015; 7:30PM
"Sinfonietta" for Classical Orchestra
Symphony Orchestra Augusta (GA)
Shizuo Kuwahara, conductor
http://soaugusta.org/beethovens-second-aiken/
http://soaugusta.org/project/beethovens-second/

Saturday, April 11th, 2015: 7:30PM
Sunday, April 12th, 2015; 3:00PM

"Firebird Motel" opera in one act
University of South Carolina Opera
Columbia, SC
http://www.sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/music/ensembles/opera_at_usc/


New Publications

all works published by E. C. Schirmer Music Company

Alleluia for SSAATTBB Chorus, #7425, (SSAATTBB), [General],
$3.40

Aria and Fugue, #7575, (Soprano saxophone, organ), [Secular],
$10.50

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],
$7.90

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)