Dr. David Howard is Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Oklahoma where he conducts the OU Men’s Glee Club, OU Women’s Chorus, and Opera Chorus. He teaches graduate and undergraduate choral conducting and also coordinates the annual Young Men’s Vocal Workshop and Women’s Choral Leadership Workshop. His collegiate choirs, civic choruses, opera choruses, church choirs, and secondary school choirs in Texas, Oklahoma, and Michigan have been hailed for their beauty of tone, musicality, and clarity of diction. The OU Women’s Chorus performed by invitation at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association annual conference in 2018.
Dr. Howard regularly serves as a clinician, consultant, and adjudicator. During the summer of 2017, he served as chorus master of the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. Prior to his appointment at OU, he served as Associate DCA at Stephen F. Austin State University and chorus master of Opera East Texas.
Equally at home as a baritone soloist, Dr. Howard maintains a performance schedule in oratorio and cantata presentations, and as a recitalist. His repertoire ranges from the music of J.S. Bach to contemporary works. Recent performances include recitals of Schubert’s Winterreise and Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Liederkreis, the bass solos in Mozart’s Krönungsmesse, K. 317 with the Filharmonia Gorzowska at the Szczecin [Poland] International Choral Festival, and the baritone solos in Christopher Theofanidis’s The Here and Now and Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem with the Tulsa Chorale and orchestra. Dr. Howard’s recently-released album of sacred music for voice, piano, and harp, entitled Consecration, on the Blue Griffin Records label, is available for purchase through iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.
His scholarly articles have appeared in the British academic music journal, Musical Times, and in The Choral Journal. Moreover, his performing editions and choral arrangements are published by Alliance Music Publications.
He holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree and Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Central Oklahoma and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from Michigan State University.