David Carpenter’s music has been performed throughout the United States, including concerts at the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Brevard Music Center, and the International Double Reed Society at the University of Oklahoma. Vocal music being one of his primary interests, he has composed several works in this genre, including Fredericksburg, premiered by baritone William Stone with the Temple University Concert Choir and Chamber Orchestra conducted by Alan Harler (part of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society’s 2007–2008 concert series), and “The Monogamous Man,” for baritone, flute and cello, featured as part of Network for New Music’s “Dialogues with Darwin” concert in Philadelphia, February 2010. David has also collaborated with the Momenta Quartet (New York, NY), who in 2008 performed his String Quartet and featured it on their demo CD; bassoon virtuoso Pascal Gallois, who premiered his Three Myths for Solo Bassoon in 2008; and the Argento Ensemble who performed his Sextet in 2010. For the 2012-13 season, David was composer-in-residence with the Delaware County Symphony (Aston, PA), which premiered his orchestral work, The River in the Tree, in May 2013.
In November 2010, David held a residency at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, to work on his opera The Age of Innocence, based on the novel by Edith Wharton. Selected scenes from this work, completed in the spring of 2011, were presented in a workshop at Temple University in April of 2012; eight additional scenes were performed in New York City in November 2013.
Recently, David’s work for speaker and orchestra, Hallelujahs of the Free, using the words of the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass, commissioned by Play On, Philly!, was premiered by the Play On, Philly! Symphony Orchestra in Philadelphia on 2 May 2015. As of the summer of 2016, he is at work on a song cycle based on the poems of Emma Lazarus. For upcoming performances of David’s music, please visit this page.
David has taught at the School of Music at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and the Boyer College of Music at Temple University. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Bates College, a master of music degree from the Peabody Conservatory, and a doctor of musical arts degree from the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University, where he studied with Dr. Maurice Wright.