David Conte

Known for his vocal music, David Conte has several song settings of American poetry, including texts by Anne Bradstreet, Dana Gioia, and Richard Wilbur.

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David Conte is the composer of over 150 works published by E. C. Schirmer Music Company, including 6 operas, a musical, and works for orchestra, chamber music, chorus, and vocal music.  His opera The Gift of the Magi has received over 30 productions in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Russia.   He is Professor and Chair of the Composition Department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  He was one of the last students of French pedagogue and composer Nadia Boulanger. He has composed songs for Barbara Bonney,  Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Thomas Hampson, Matt Boehler, Marnie Breckenridge, Catherine Cook, A. J. Gluckert, Ann Moss, Kindra Scharich, and Brian Thorsett.   In 2015 he won the NATS Composition Award for his cycle American Death Ballads,  performed at the NATS Convention in Chicago by tenor Brian Thorsett and pianist Warren Jones.  In 2018 a double CD Everyone Sang:  Vocal Music of David Conte was released on Arsis Audio.

–Updated biography contributed by the composer (Jan. 2021)

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    Sheet Music

    Everyone Sang

    Composer(s): David Conte

    Song(s): 1. Homecoming
    2. Entrance
    4. Everyone Sang

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    Sexton Songs (all versions)

    Composer(s): David Conte

    Song(s): 1. Rowing
    2. Her Kind
    3. Ringing the Bells
    4. Riding the Elevator into the Sky
    5. Us

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    Everyone Sang: Vocal Music of David Conte

    (David Conte)



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