"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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Fairfax Virginia All-District Honor Choir

I spent an incredible few days with the singers of the high school SATB all-district chorus in Fairfax, Virginia. What bright, talented, eager, polite, engaged, expressive, and fun students!  I AM IN NEED OF MUSIC and I DREAM A WORLD were highlights of the concert for me. Thank you to their dedicated teachers for preparing them so thoroughly for this experience and for making a difference in their lives.


Phoenix Song Debut

PHOENIX SONG, for all of us affected by the Pulse nightclub tragedy of June 12, 2016, on a text by Scott Lounsbury, premiered on January 21st in Orlando.  Andrew Minear conducted the Orange County High School All-County Chorus for its first performance. Though I was not able to attend the concert, I shared my thoughts about the poem and composition with the singers and lead them in rehearsal the day before.  They were thoughtful and reflective, and sang with real sensitivity and conviction.


I Sang with David Brunner!

Just home from Armstrong University's 17th annual SouthEastern Choral Arts Festival in Savannah, where I worked with high school students, along with Robert Harris' college singers, culminating in a concert last night. Thanks to all who organized and participated in this festival and thanks too, Bob, for the souvenir pencils that say "I sang with DAVID BRUNNER".  Momentous!  I've not been on a pencil before.  

Another great moment was bumping into (almost literally!) my former student Charlie Reuter in the Atlanta airport on the way home.  He is just beginning the national tour of Cinderella as conductor. Fantastic!


Crystal Children's Choirs

Just home from a fantastic few days at the University of California Santa Cruz with Karl Chang's Crystal Children's Choirs. What a remarkable group of young singers and extraordinary conductors, accompanists and staff.  I rehearsed and performed eight works, including my CANTATE DOMINO, I DREAM A WORLD, EVERYTHING IS MUSIC, and the men's version of YO LE CANTO TODO EL DIA.  The singers were respectful, willing, talented, smart, joyful and fun! While there I walked the quiet paths of the Henry Cowell Redwoods park and those of the Land of the Medicine Buddha temple and marveled at these magnificent and majestic trees.  The campus, in fact, is nestled amid redwoods with glimpses of the ocean. I wonder if the students realize how lucky they are...  A few days of perfect weather in San Francisco beforehand included visits to some of our favorite food places -- Delfina's for pizza and warm olives, Tartine bakery for ham and cheese croissants, Vic's Chaat House for all things Indian, and Four Barrel Coffee, Josey Baker bread, the ferry building, Berkeley, Golden Gate park and beach. A nice end to summer.


Vocal Arts Project!

I'm just home from a week at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond for the Vocal Arts Project.  What a fantastic time!  I enjoyed every minute with this talented group of young singers, accompanist Sherri Matthews, the amazing Philip Kierstad, and good friend Becky Tyree and her staff of enthusiastic and capable college music students.  The chorus performed a challenging concert Friday that included my BRAINSTORM and I AM IN NEED OF MUSIC, and the combined women sang RADIANT SISTER OF THE DAY stunningly. Richmond's beautiful and peaceful Hollywood Cemetery and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts were added bonuses and the food scene was terrific.  Fantastic meals at Acacia, The Daily, Black Sheep and Comfort, and too many trips to Early Bird Biscuit Company and Proper Pie!