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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

Conte Wins 2016 NATS Art Song Composition Award for “American Death Ballads”


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

Listen on Spotify




Piano Fantasy (with scrolling score)
Scott Foglesong, pianist

Upcoming Highlights for 2016
(click news for complete listing)

Thursday, April 7th, 2016; 8PM
“Trio for Violin, ‘Cello, and Piano”
Kay Stern, violin; Emil Miland, ‘cello; Mark Morash, piano
San Francisco Opera Lab
Diane B. Wilsey Center Chamber Music Series

Saturday, May 7th, 2016; 8PM
Sunday, May 8th, 2016; 5PM

“Carmina Juventutis”
Empire City Men’s Chorus; Vincent Peterson, conductor
Paul Taylor Dance Studios, New York, NY

Sunday, May 15th, 2016; 2PM
“A Copland Portrait”
U. S. Marine Band
Lieutenant Colonel Jason K. Fettig, conductor
Schlesinger Concert Hall, Northern Virginia Community College

Sunday, May 15th, 2016; 3PM
“Night Prayer” (world premiere)
Good Company Vocal Ensemble; Karen Weaver, conductor
Lakewood Presbyterian Church; Lakewood, OH

Sunday, July 10th, 2016; 3PM
“American Death Ballads” (First Prize Winner; NATS Art Song Composition Award)
Brian Thorsett, tenor;  Warren Jones, piano
National Association of Teachers of Singing National Convention;  Chicago, IL

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)