Dr. David Howard is Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Oklahoma where he conducts the OU Men's Glee Club, OU Women's Chorus, and Opera Chorus. He teaches graduate and undergraduate choral conducting and also coordinates the annual Young Men's Vocal Workshop and the Women's Choral Leadership Invitational. His collegiate choirs, civic choruses, opera choruses, church choirs, and secondary school choirs in Texas, Oklahoma, and Michigan have been hailed for their beauty of tone, musicality, and clarity of diction. He regularly serves as a clinician, consultant, and adjudicator. Prior to his appointment at OU, he served as Associate DCA at Stephen F. Austin State University, chorus–master of Opera East Texas, director of music at First Methodist Church in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Equally at home as a baritone soloist, Howard maintains a performance schedule in oratorio and cantata presentations, and as a recitalist. His repertoire ranges from the music of J.S. Bach to Orff's Carmina Burana. Most recently, Howard gave recitals of Schubert's Winterreise and Schumann's Dichterliebe and Liederkreis in collaboration with pianist Andrew Parr, and performed the Berlioz's Grand Messe des morts with the Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus under the baton of Robert Spano.
His scholarly articles have appeared in the British academic music journal, Musical Times, and in The Choral Journal. Moreover, his performing edition of two four–voice madrigals by the Italian Renaissance composer Salamone Rossi have recently been published together in one octavo by Alliance Music Publications.
He holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree and Master of Music degree in vocal performance (cum laude) from the University of Central Oklahoma and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from Michigan State University.
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