Because of my restless intellect and curiosity, I’ve delved into several fields in my life to satiate that thirst for understanding; consequently, my desire to learn has given me a unique career path.
    Naturally I’ve had a great deal of assistance along the way—from friends and family, mentors, professional colleagues and sometimes folks with whom I don’t even have a relationship. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned in my life is that if I’m brave enough to ask for help I almost never get turned down. Asking for help isn’t particularly difficult for me and I’m grateful that there have been people who made sure that their hands were always extended.
    After more than one decade away from scholarly research and publication I've started writing again. Recently I submitted two articles: "Who Actually Sang Cantata 51: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen" and "Liszt and His Contemporaneous Conductors." Both will be published in Spring 2019. Moreover, GIA of Chicago will release my book on 19th-century choral performance practice, Sing Romantic Music Romantically in late Summer 2019.
    One of my most enjoyable positions was at The Citadel. I was Director of Music for the Catholic Campus Ministry. I conducted a cadet choir end played Mass every Sunday evening. We took two trips each year and the cadets sang beautifully—especially since almost none of them read music. I will carry only fond memories of my time there.


    I visited Canada twice in 2014: Once to play a recital on the four-manual Casavant organ at Metropolitan United Church in London, Ontario on May 18, 2014. I was also the choral clinician and director for the RCCO Convention in London, Ontario in July 2014. I led workshops for basic, intermediate and advanced conductors as well as conducting the delegate choir.
    The overarching goal of my life has been the pursuit and assimilation of knowledge. Since I taught myself to play a little portable organ at age five I’ve never stopped feeding my imagination and seeking out opportunities that allowed me to further my intellectual pursuits and artistic objectives. I’m thrilled to be in music full time. It is, always has been—and always will be–my life.
©2019 David Friddle     Communicate