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.
"Conte proves himself a master of the singing line... Moments of palpably exciting
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
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 http://www.marineband.marines.mil/NationalConcertTour.aspx
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 http://calendar.sfcm.edu/index.php?eID=1257
Sunday, December 6th , 2015; 7:30PM
“To Music” for SATB Chorus and Piano
Swarthmore College Chorus; Joseph Gregorio, conductor; Timur Mustakimov piano http://calendar.swarthmore.edu
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),
Three Poems of Christina Rossetti, #8056, (High voice, piano),
Aria and Fugue, #7428, (Violoncello & Piano), $10.50
Sinfonietta (Study Score) (Full Score & Parts on Rental), #8032,
(Chamber Orchestra), $19.45
"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