David has taught and directed choirs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Yale University, Scripps College, Pomona College, and now at Chaffey College, where he runs the choral and vocal programs, teaches upper-level music theory and music history. He also runs the masters and doctoral programs in choral and orchestral conducting at Claremont Graduate University, where he teaches individual conducting lessons and supervises students’ recitals, comprehensive exams, and degree papers and theses. An inspiring and innovative teacher, his approach to directing college choirs is founded on respect for students’ abilities and potential. This respect manifests itself in high expectations throughout the process — not the unreasonable expectation that a nineteen-year-old should sound like a mature professional singer, or that busy students with diverse passions, interests, and obligations should devote every free minute to music. Rather, he encourages young musicians to think analytically about music, and to grapple with the compositional process. They share in the crafting of expressive details, empowering themselves as interpreters and performers of the language of music. He helps them see the web of connections between music and society, whether it be through the poetic text of a piece, the historical context of a composer’s work, or the socio-political implications of performing music from cultures and traditions other than their own. This approach is an organic one, an integrated part of the rehearsal process, and one that ultimately enhances performance. His approach also helps encourage avocational musicians’ lifelong engagement with music, while also preparing pre-professional students to be better performers, teachers, composers, and/or scholars.