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David Grant

BA Columbia College
MA San Francisco State University
DMA Northwestern University

Courses Taught
Aural Training

David Grant holds degrees in music composition from Northwestern University (DMA), San Francisco State University (MA) and Columbia College (BA). His primary composition instructors were Jay Alan Yim, Augusta Read Thomas, Josh Levine, Ronald Caltabiano and Gustavo Leone.

David’s music is objective, non-teleological and irregularly repetitive. His primary influences include the natural patterns by birds and insects he has sonically observed in various environments, and the music of Morton Feldman, Igor Stravinsky, Steve Reich, Franco Donatoni and Claude Debussy.

Notable ensembles and performers who have played his work include the Northwestern Contemporary Music Ensemble under the supervision of Oliver Knussen, Lukas Fels, Graeme Jennings, the New York New Music Ensemble, the San Francisco Contemporary Chamber Players, the AI Ensemble based in New York City, and the Fine Arts Music Society and Claraconbrio both based in Chicago. His works have also been performed at summer music festivals including the June In Buffalo contemporary music festival, the SICPP festival in Boston, the Sonic Fusion Festival in Scotland and at the Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene, Oregon.

David is also a performer and regularly plays keyboard with his group Maurice, an experimental jazz/rock band that plays regularly throughout the Chicago area. Maurice recently played at the Ears and Eyes Festival in Chicago 2008. David currently lives in Chicago and teaches music theory and music history at Loyola University and Columbia College.