"David Brunner's music is lyrical, fresh-sounding and always creative.  His music is a favorite with the choir as well as the audience!"

Lynne Gackle
School of Music
Baylor University

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It's Time for Pumpkin Spice!

Well, a few months have come and gone without an update and we've moved into pumpkin spice season already! I was on the graduate faculty at the VanderCook School of Music in Chicago this summer, teaching an advanced choral conducting course and directing the graduate chorale -- wonderful students in a strong program and supportive atmosphere.  (And graduation in Orchestra Hall!) A musical highlight of the summer was hearing Yo-Yo Ma play the Bach cello suites on the great lawn of Milennium Park in Chicago with Doreen Rao and friends. Loved the river and lake cruise with VanderCook students, faculty and staff, bike rides along Belmont Harbor and Lake Michigan, the Old Town Art Fair, yummy food in outdoor seating (PingPong, Spacca Napoli), and neighborhood walks.

At Martha Shaw's request, I've rescored my HIGH FLIGHT for treble voices, which she'll premiere with the Spivey Hall Children's Chorus for the ACDA Children and Youth Choir retreat in Atlanta in January.  Also finishing up SPIRIT OF THE LAKE for the 10th anniversary celebration of the Lakeshore Community Chorus in Saugatuck/Douglas, Michigan, on a new text by Michigan poet Linda Nemec Foster.  Nancy Plantinga will conduct that premiere in May.

Have begun my last semester of teaching at the University of Central Florida, which will culminate in a grand celebration concert in November.  It is, however, still hovering around 90 degrees in Orlando...

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