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David N Childs


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Born: 1969


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.

Works (33)

A Blessing

for SATB choir with flute and piano accompaniment

Ave Maria

for SSA, flute and piano accompanment, 2m 20s

Ave Verum Corpus

for SATB, 4m

Cantate Domino, Benedicamus Domino

for SATB choir with one piano/four hands and trumpet

Fill My Life with Spring

for SATB choir unaccompanied

He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

for SATB choir with piano and obbligato flute, 4m

Hymn to St. Cecilia

for SATB, 16m

I Am Not Yours

for SSAA choir and piano, 4m

In Remembrance

for SATB choir (divisi) with soprano solo (piano for rehearsal only), 5m

Life's Loveliness

for SSA choir and piano, 3m

O Magnum Mysterium

for SATB choir, 3m

O Nata Lux

Latin motet for SATB with divisi, 5m

O Vos Omnes

for SSAATTBB choir, 5m

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

for SSA choir and piano, violin or flute, 3m

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

for SATB, piano, violin or flute, 3m

Salve Regina

for SATB choir, 4m

Set me as a seal upon your heart

for SATB, keyboard and trombone or french horn, 2m

She Walks in Beauty

for SSAA choir and piano, oboe or flute, 4m

Song of Ruth

for SSAA choir and piano, 4m

Sonnet of the Moon

for SSATBB choir and piano, 4m

The Lord is My Shepherd

for SATB, keyboard, French horn or trombone, 3m

The Lord's Prayer

for TBB choir, flute and keyboard, 2m

The Lord's Prayer

for SA, flute and keyboard, 2m

The Moon is Distant from the Sea

for SATB choir and piano, 3m

The Rainbow

for SA chorus and piano, 3m 38s

The Silent Land

for TTBB choir unaccompanied, 4m

Think on these Things

for SATB choir and piano (or organ), 5m

Two Songs of Reflection

for SATB a cappella and narrator, 10m

Weep No More

for TTBB and piano, 4m

Weep No More

for SATB choir and piano

Weep No More

for SSAA and piano, 4m

When you Search for Me

for SATB choir with flute and keyboard accompaniment

Where Dwells the Soul of My Love

for SATB, piano, oboe or flute, 4m