Biography


David S. Fawcett is a composer and conductor. He is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and a member of the Canadian League of Composers.  He has written for orchestra, choir and band as well as songs and chamber music. Mr. Fawcett holds degrees in Music and Education from the University of Western Ontario where he studied music composition with Jean Anderson and Michael Longton. He studied opera at the Banff School, C.W. Post Summer Opera and the University of Toronto.
 
His professional career in composition began with a performance of Summer Storm for unaccompanied solo voice at “Music Hear and Now” in Hamilton in 1988. He has subsequently composed more than 30 concert works, most with multiple movements.

Among these are numerous songs, some with flute obligato.

Works for orchestra include The Little Romantic Symphony, Shining Water, Rhapsody and the F# Minor Piano Concerto (performed in 2009 by Valerie Tryon with Boris Brott  conducting the National Academy Orchestra). Among his choral pieces are a Magnificat (for SSATB choir and soprano soloist) and a Missa Brevis (for SATB choir and percussion) and Three Marian Carols (SATB and piano). Some choral music is published by Cypress Choral. Music for concert band  includes Three Songs of the River and A Celebration.

A classical tenor, he performed in more than 30 productions with the Canadian Opera Company and sang as a soloist in numerous oratorios and concerts. He also performed  across Canada as a member of the Tudor Singers of Montreal under conductor Wayne Ridell.

In addition to this blog, he writes interviews and articles for Greater Hamilton Musician, an on-line magazine. His interviews have been included in each of the Annual editions of the magazine which are published in hard copy.

For 13 seasons, he conducted the award winning Buchanan Park Opera Club Chorus  and Opera. The school was recognized in Today’s Parent magazine as one of Canada’s top elementary schools for extra-curriculars. He taught vocal and instrument music to children at all age levels in the public schools.


He lives in Hamilton, Ontario with his wife, voice adjudicator and clinician Elise B├ędard.