I was born in Tuxedo, New York, and spent my childhood in Rockland County, New York, where I attended Suffern High School. I sang in the school choirs and played saxophone, clarinet and baritone horn in the school bands. I studied piano and music theory privately during my last three years of high school. During grades 7 through 12, I sang and played sax in almost a dozen rock bands. Upon my high school graduation, I enrolled at Ithaca College in central New York State, where I majored in clarinet during my freshman year. How kind and patient my clarinet professor was. (Thank you, Dr. Bay!) During the summer that followed, I came to realize that clarinet was not my thing, and upon my return to Ithaca, I began what became my lifelong pursuit of singing.  At the same time, I taught myself to play the electric bass guitar, and became the bass player for the college big band jazz ensemble in my junior and senior years.  I also sang and played my 1965 Fender Precision bass in two pop/rock commercial bands.  

Diploma in hand, I left Ithaca, NY for the District of Columbia, where I embarked on a five-year enlistment with the U. S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, the official chorus of the Air Force Band.  They just happened to be looking for a baritone soloist who also played bass guitar, and I happily accepted their invitation to enlist.

As my military service time came to a close, I sang eight opera productions that year while at the same time maintaining a five-night-a-week musical revue position at a ritzy Washington, D.C. hotel.  Then, after another year of operas and musical revues, I teamed up with a wonderful soprano entertainer named Dorothy Kingston, and the “Singing Team of David & Dorothy” was born. We landed a handful of weekly appearances and developed good relationships with East Coast booking agents.  Within a few years, we were performing onboard the world’s most luxurious cruise ships, sailing around the world a dozen times and visiting a myriad of exotic port cities.  (What a shame we could not cash in on ocean mileage travel credits!)  Our thanks to our New York manager, Jackie Bright for all our world travels!

I have performed as a vocal soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and the Fairfax Symphony.  I have made concert and show appearances at the Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, the D.A.R.'s Constitution Hall, Strathmore Hall, Baltimore's Lyric Opera Theatre, the Wilmington Opera House, and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in the People’s  Republic  of  China.

Teaching others how to become better singers began in the early 1990's. The most exciting aspect of my teaching is, without a doubt, witnessing each student's progress as they travel that road to singing excellence. I love seeing and hearing each one of them take "ownership" of a song!

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