David L. Brunner is acclaimed as one today's most active and versatile conductors and composers. His wide and varied expertise embraces all ages in professional, university, public school, community, church and children’s choruses. Dr. Brunner is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Central Florida, where he conducts the University Chorus and Chamber Singers, teaches courses in conducting and music education, and coaches composition students. In both 1995 and 2000 he received a College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award and in 1995 the University Excellence in Teaching Award, UCF’s highest teaching honor. He is also the recipient of two major research awards: the College of Arts and Humanities Excellence in Research Award (2013) and the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Researcher Award (2005); two Research Incentive Awards (2009, 2002); and four Teaching Incentive Awards (2013, 2005, 1996 and 1993). In 1996 he received a National Award for College Teaching from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. His choirs have appeared at state and divisional conventions of both the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference. In 2011 he was the recipient of Florida ACDA's prestigious R. Wayne Hugoboom Distinguished Service Award for "dedicated service, leadership and consistent examples of excellence in choral music in Florida".
Well known for his compelling and dynamic work with singers of all ages, David has conducted women's, mixed and men's All-State and regional honor choirs throughout the United States at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. An inspired teacher, he is also a popular clinician at choral festivals and educational workshops in thirty-four U.S. states, Canada, the U.K., Europe, Australia and Japan, including:
- American Choral Directors Association
- Association of British Choral Directors
- Kodály Societies of Canada and Australia
- International Cathedral Music Festival at Salisbury and Canterbury
- International Band and Choir Festival at the Hague and Brussels
- American Schools in London and Paris and the International School of Munich
- Allerton Retreat for Choral Music Education at the University of Illinois
- Hartt School Summer Term
- National Association of Pastoral Musicians
- Music Educators National Conference
- American Guild of Organists National Conference
- Choristers Guild
- Perspectives Choral Workshop in Santa Fe
- Choral Music Experience International Institute for Teacher Training in England, Scotland and Wales
- Asian Pacific Activities Conference Choral Festival in Kobe, Japan
- Seven appearances in Carnegie Hall
European performances include:
- Seminar für Klassiche Musik at the EisenstädterSommerakademie in Eisenstadt and Vienna, Austria
- St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice
- St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Wesley’s Chapel, London
- The Vatican for Pope John Paul II
- Performances in England, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Italy and Greece
David Brunner's music resonates with imagination, lyricism and vitality. His compositions have been performed worldwide by children's choirs, middle and high school singers, college, community and professional choirs. The New York Times has referred to him as a notable figure in choral music, a "prolific choral writer whose name figures prominently on national repertory lists." (24 April 2003).
Notable performances include:
- American Choral Directors Association National Conferences
- Organization of American Kodály Educators National Conference
- Choral Mujsic Experience Institute for Choral Teacher Training in England, the U. S., Sweden and Scotland
- International Academy of Choral Music, Parthenay, France
- Voices 500 Festival, Newfoundland, Canada
- Europa Cantat, Germany
- American Cantat, Venezuela and Cuba
- International Cathedral Music Festival at Canterbury Cathedral and Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
- Carnegie Hall
David Brunner has been Composer-in-Residence at the Summer Arts Institute of the University of Michigan and the Choral Music Experience Institute at Northern Illinois University, the Hartt School of Music, Queenswood School, England, St. Andrew's Scotland, and Cardiff, Wales. He joined a prestigious list of American composers when he was named the Raymond W. Brock Commissioned Composer for 2000 by the American Choral Directors Association (The Circles of Our Lives) and that year was also asked by the Copland Foundation to contribute new adaptations of several of the Old American Songs to Boosey & Hawkes' Copland 2000 series.
He is the recipient of yearly ASCAP awards since 1997 and is published by Boosey & Hawkes and Walton music, which have released over one hundred of his compositions. He is also editorial advisor for Boosey & Hawkes popular Conductor's Choice series and has served on the editorial board of the Choral Journal. His articles appear in both the Choral Journal and Music Educators Journal. He has also contributed chapters to Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir, Volume III, GIA Publications, Inc. (2011); The Choral Director's Cookbook: Insights and Inspired Recipes for Beginners and Experts, Meredith Music Publications (2006) and material for Nancy Menk's chapter on "Composing for Women's Choirs" in Conducting Women's Choirs: Strategies for Success, ed. Debra Spurgeon, GIA Publications (2012). His treble music is the topic of a DMA dissertation, David Brunner's Music for Women's Choirs, by Kelly Miller at Michigan State University.
Brunner holds degrees from Illinois Wesleyan University and Northwestern University in choral music education and conducting and the Doctor of Music Arts in Choral Literature and Conducting from the University of Illinois. In addition, he has studied with Robert Shaw, and with Helmuth Rilling in conducting master classes at the Oregon Bach Festival. Dr. Brunner is a Past-President of the Florida chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
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