Dave received his bachelor’s in Music Education from Baker University and his master’s in Choral Music Education from Arizona State University. After spending twenty-eight years as a high school choral director, he retired in order to devote more time to writing music. During his years as a choral music educator, he also taught musical theater, music theory, guitar, and humanities. In addition, Dave has twenty years of experience directing church youth choirs and five years of experience as a director of a community college choir. He also enjoys guest directing honor choirs and presenting workshops and interest sessions to high school choral directors.
Dave’s honors include the Excellence in Teaching award from the Arizona Music Educators’ Association, Arizona Music Educator of the Year for 2000, the Lifetime Recognition Award from the Choral Directors of Arizona for 2000, and the William E. Richardson Retired Music Educator Service Award in 2009.
Dave and his wife, Jean, live in Sierra Vista, Arizona and have been writing and publishing songs for schools and churches for over thirty years. Choirs in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, and Australia have performed their music. They have over three hundred published songs and are recipients of multiple awards from ASCAP.