David N. Childs, b. 1969 at Nelson, New Zealand, has a Bachelor’s degree in composition and musicology from Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand; a Master of Music degree in conducting from the Florida State University, Tallahassee; and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University.
David N. Childs is the founder, president and artistic director of Vox Humana, a Dallas-based professional chamber choir. Currently also the director of Choral Music at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX, Childs previously held for ten years the position of tenured associate professor of Choral Studies at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. He has been music director for the Vanderbilt Opera Theater program, having conducted performances of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Menotti’s Amelia Goes to the Ball, Harvey Schmidt's Fantasticks, Kirke Mechem’s Tartuffe, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, and Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.
He has received conducting instruction from Dr. Kenneth Fulton, Dr. André Thomas, and Professor Rodney Eichenberger. He has received additional instruction from Helmuth Rilling as a master class conductor at the Oregon Bach Festival.
Dr. Childs is an active clinician and adjudicator in the United States, working at the grade school, college, and community levels. He has conducted All-State and honor choirs in Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia, Louisiana, Oregon, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
His compositions frequently appear at state festivals and workshops, and at ACDA state, regional, and national conventions. They are performed in many parts of the world, including Asia, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. He has received commissions from around the world, including Japan, New Zealand, and South Africa. In 2008 he was commissioned to write an SATB work for the 2009 American Choral Directors’ Association High School National Honor Choir. In June 2009, he conducted a world premiere of his Requiem mass for chorus, soloists, and chamber orchestra, receiving a standing ovation in Carnegie Hall. In 2010 David was voted Tennessee composer of the year. In May of 2013 he accepted the Director of Music position at University Park United Methodist Church in Dallas. In addition, in 2010 he established Vox Humana a Nashville-based professional choir of twenty-four voices, serving as their Executive and Artistic Director. Their compact disc recording Into the Night, which features some of his own compositions, was released by Naxos in May, 2013.
for SATB choir with flute and piano accompaniment
for SSA, flute and piano accompanment, 2m 20s
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for SATB choir with one piano/four hands and trumpet
for SATB choir unaccompanied
for SATB choir with piano and obbligato flute, 4m
for SATB, 16m
for SSAA choir and piano, 4m
for SATB choir (divisi) with soprano solo (piano for rehearsal only), 5m
for SSA choir and piano, 3m
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Latin motet for SATB with divisi, 5m
for SSAATTBB choir, 5m
for SSA choir and piano, violin or flute, 3m
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for SATB, keyboard and trombone or french horn, 2m
for SSAA choir and piano, oboe or flute, 4m
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for SSATBB choir and piano, 4m
for SATB, keyboard, French horn or trombone, 3m
for TBB choir, flute and keyboard, 2m
for SA, flute and keyboard, 2m
for SATB choir and piano, 3m
for SA chorus and piano, 3m 38s
for TTBB choir unaccompanied, 4m
for SATB choir and piano (or organ), 5m
for SATB a cappella and narrator, 10m
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for SATB choir and piano
for SSAA and piano, 4m
for SATB choir with flute and keyboard accompaniment
for SATB, piano, oboe or flute, 4m