MUSIC DIRECTOR • CONDUCTOR • ORCHESTRATOR • ARRANGER • VOCAL COACH
David is a Music Director and Conductor whose experience ranges from Broadway National Tours to Symphony Pops Concerts. He has also Music Directed extensively in regional theatre, and has worked as an Orchestrator and Arranger, as an Educator and Vocal Coach, and as a performer in nightclubs and supper clubs all over the United States in addition to numerous readings of new shows in New York City.
David recently spent 2 years on the road as Music Director and Conductor for the Broadway First National Tour of An American in Paris.
David made his professional theatre debut at the age of twelve in the pit orchestra of a Texas summer stock production of Kiss Me, Kate. He made his conducting debut in 1979 at Dallas Repertory Theatre with a production of Shenandoah, and he went on to music direct and conduct dozens of additional productions at DRT. His other regional theatre experience includes Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC, Sacramento’s Music Circus, Westchester Broadway Theatre, the Gateway Playhouse on Long Island, the North Carolina Theatre, and Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City.
David’s other touring experience includes being Music Director and Conductor for the Broadway national tours of Hal Prince’s production of Show Boat, Les Misérables, as well as Chicago and Cats. He began his road career in 1995 as Associate Conductor of the Broadway national tour of The Phantom of the Opera.
As a Conductor, David made his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops in 2003 in a tribute to Broadway composers John Kander and Fred Ebb. He returned to Carnegie Hall annually for several years as either a conductor or orchestrator or both. His other guest conducting experience includes New York’s Lincoln Center, the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra and Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theatre. In addition, David has been guest conductor for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic in 2012 (Waterloo), 2014 (The Midtown Men), 2015 (All That Jazz: A Symphonic Tribute to Kander & Ebb, starring Broadway’s Beth Leavel), and 2016 (The Spy Who Loved Me, starring Sheena Easton and Scott Coulter).
As an Orchestrator and Vocal Arranger, David’s work has been played by orchestras all over the United States and Canada, and he has been represented on recordings including Broadway singer Sal Viviano’s “The Standards of Love”, RSVP ...the vocal group’s “No Holds Barred” (Manhattan Association of Cabarets MAC Award nominee), and former star of the Moulin Rouge Debbie de Coudreaux’s debut recording, “Have a Little Paris On Me”.
David has conducted and/or written orchestrations for Broadway stars Patti LuPone, Joel Grey, Sutton Foster, Nell Carter, Kristin Chenoweth, Karen Ziemba, Bob Cuccioli, and many others. He has also been Music Director and Conductor for 1980s pop star Debbie Gibson in venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, live appearances on Sirius Radio, in casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, and in concert in Singapore. His recent orchestrations have been for Debbie in association with Cirque Musica, for New York’s annual Broadway Backwards concerts including for Florence Henderson (2015), for Kenita Miller (2016), and for Andrea Martin and Len Cariou (2018), and for The Midtown Men.
David was Associate Music Supervisor for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz, and was music director and conductor for performances of that show at the Palais des Congrès in Paris and at the Forest National Theatre in Brussels following the 2013/14 US national tour of that show.
In New York, David has been Music Director, Supervisor, and/or Arranger for numerous readings and workshops of new musicals including Caligula and Unlock’d, both at the New York Music Theatre Festival, as well as Boy Meets Boy, Merman’s Apprentice, Portofino, and most recently, for Happy Hunting at the York Theatre. He made his Off-Broadway debut as Music Supervisor for The Vocal Lords at the Theatre at St. Clements.
David has also been Music Supervisor, Arranger, and Orchestrator for two editions of Broadway Does Country at New York’s famed supper club, 54 Below, and he has made cabaret and nightclub appearances at most of the major cabaret rooms in New York including Don’t Tell Mama, The Duplex, The Oak Room at the Algonquin, and 88’s.
As an educator, David has been on the faculty of New York’s American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) and of Dallas’ Performing Artists Musical Theatre Conservatory, as well in his private voice studio in New York City and in master classes and workshops for the Broadway Classroom.
Educated at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Queen’s College, Oxford University, David is originally from Texas and now makes his home in New York City.