A California native, David is a multifaceted musician in the greater Boston area who currently splits his time as performer, educator, and music administrator. As a saxophonist and woodwind doubler, he is active in classical, New Music, jazz, theatre, and improvisation. As a classical musician, he has performed with the groups as diverse as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, ALEA III, Hub New Music, and the Navy Band East, and the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra. He is a founding member of the Jamaica Plain Saxophone Quartet. As a musical theatre musician, he has recently performed at the Wheelock Family Theater, Bentley University, Northeastern University, Boston Children's Museum, and regional theaters in Arlington, Dedham, Winchester, Norwell, Stoneham, and Shrewsbury.
David has been an ardent educator since 2005 and teaches woodwinds (saxophone, clarinet, and flute) and music theory. He is on faculty at the All Newton Music School, Powers Music School, Brimmer and May School, and Stage Music Center in Winchester, and has also performed educational outreach with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, North End Music and Performing Arts Center, and the Boston Philharmonic’s Crescendo! Program. In 2012, he co-founded the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Orchestra at California State University, Fullerton as conductor and woodwind coach.
His passion for education and music theory has led him to various projects. In graduate school, he focused on theories of Schenkerian, Transformational, Narrative, Formenlehre, as well as aspects of meter and rhythm. As a lecturer, he has presented on topics of Contemporary Music in Boston at Brookline Adult and Continuing Education and the Harvard Institute of Learning in Retirement. He is a member of the New England Conference for Music Theory and has presented on theoretical topics at the New England Conservatory and University of Arizona. He is currently a published concert reviewer for the Boston Musical Intelligencer and has contributed program notes for the Harvard Musical Association.
As an Arts Administrator, David also has extensive experience in ensemble management, technical and concert production, and assisting composers. Currently, he is an events admin in MIT’s Music and Theater Arts Department. He currently assists composers Robert Honstein, Christopher Cerrone, and Stratis Minakakis. Previous gigs include the general manager to Collage New Music, Community Engagement Director of Eureka Ensemblem, Program Director of Hub New Music, Production Assistant at California State University Fullerton, and Technical Services Assistant in New England Conservatory’s Libraries. In 2015, David was the live-in Musical Assistant to Gunther Schuller. Gunther became a mentor, teacher, and friend; since his passing, David has actively pursued preserving his legacy through writings, performing, and researching, and is one of the founding members of the Gunther Schuller Society.
David holds a dual Masters Degree in Saxophone Performance and Music Theory from New England Conservatory (2016) and a Bachelor's degree in music from California State University, Fullerton, where he was the President’s Scholar and graduated summa cum laude (2013). His teachers include James Rotter (saxophone), Ken Radnofsky (saxophone and clarinet), Deborah Stein (theory), Brian Levy (jazz saxophone), Alan Durst (saxophone), Tracy Harris (flute), and Gary Scudder (saxophone).