Three Biographies

Full Bio

David Arbury (b. 1973)
Dr. David Arbury grew up in Washington, D. C. where he sang as a boy treble at Washington National Cathedral in the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. He remained with the choir for eighteen years and in that time sang with every voice part. He has worked at the Music Division of the Library of Congress, co-founded an independent record label, conducted small ensembles, performed extensively as a bass and percussion player, founded the New Music Initiative at the University of Maryland, and is a founding member for the early music vocal ensemble Icarus. He has taught music technology at the University of Maryland and music theory at the Catholic University of America and currently teaches both subjects at Los Angeles City College.

His choral music has been performed by top choirs all over the U.S. including the principal choir of Washington National Cathedral. His choral works are featured on three CDs: two from the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D. C. – Christmas at St. Matthew’s and New Music from the Cathedral – and one – Cathedral Favorites – from the Trinity Cathedral choir in Phoenix, Arizona. His instrumental and electronic compositions have been featured in conferences and festivals hosted by The Society of Composers, the Percussive Arts Society, the University of Maryland, and LAVAL Virtual.

As a composer, he is dedicated to community engagement and collaboration with other artists. The premiere of his work for concert band and solo rock trio, American Landscapes, was featured on Maryland Public Television. The city of Rockville, Maryland commissioned his community band and chorus piece Song of These States. After a catastrophic fire destroyed their brand-new organ, Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix, Arizona commissioned God Is Our Refuge, a piece for choir and organ, for its rededication. He designed the soundscapes for the multimedia stage adaptation of the book Voodoo Dreams by award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes, and his electronic music created a new, live virtual instrument for the cyberpunk play IM/UR.

He frequently visits young performing ensembles as a guest composer and has served as a lecturer on music technology and contemporary choral composition. He served for two years as the Composer-in-Residence at the Cathedral Center for the Arts in Phoenix, Arizona and has received grants from numerous organizations including the American Composers Forum, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Institute for Studies in the Arts, the Phoenix Arts Commission, and the Wolf Trap Foundation. His compositions for concert hall, church, dance, and theater have been performed throughout the United States, as well as in Denmark, England, France, Ireland, and Italy.

Academic Bio

David Arbury (b. 1973)
Dr. David Arbury grew up in Washington, D. C., where he sang as a boy treble at Washington National Cathedral in the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys under Richard Dirksen and later, Douglas Major. He remained with the choir for eighteen years and in that time sang with every voice part. He has worked at the Music Division of the Library of Congress, co-founded an independent record label, conducted small ensembles, performed extensively as a bass and percussion player, and is a founding member for the early music vocal ensemble Icarus. He holds degrees from the University of Maryland, Arizona State University, and Haverford College and has studied composition with Curt Cacioppo, John Davidson, James DeMars, Robert Gibson, Glenn Hackbarth, and Randall Shinn in addition to “master class” private lessons with George Crumb and Bernard Rands. From 2001-2003 he was Composer-in-Residence for the Cathedral Center for the Arts at Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix, Arizona. He was Vice-President of the Contemporary Music Society in Tempe, Arizona and founded University of Maryland’s New Music Initiative. He has frequently appeared as a guest lecturer and speaker, has taught as an adjunct professor at Catholic University and the University of Maryland, and currently teaches at Los Angeles City College. He has received commissions and grants from numerous ensembles and organizations including the American Composers Forum, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Phoenix Arts Commission, and the Wolf Trap Foundation. His compositions for concert hall, church, dance, and theater have been performed throughout the United States as well as in Denmark, England, France, Ireland, and Italy.

Short Bio

David Arbury (b. 1973)
Dr. David Arbury grew up in Washington, D. C. where he sang as a boy treble at Washington National Cathedral in the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. He remained with the choir for eighteen years and in that time sang with every voice part. He has worked at the Music Division of the Library of Congress, co-founded an independent record label, conducted small ensembles, performed extensively as a bass and percussion player, and is a founding member for the early music vocal ensemble Icarus. He has acted as a composer-in-residence and has received commissions and grants from numerous ensembles and organizations including the American Composers Forum, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Phoenix Arts Commission, and the Wolf Trap Foundation. His compositions for concert hall, church, dance, and theater have been performed throughout the United States, as well as in Denmark, England, France, Ireland, and Italy.

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