Director of Music

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Conductor, organist, composer, author, editor, graphic/web designer—David Friddle is a man characterized by a restless curiosity and an insatiable desire to understand.

His most recent achievement is the appearance of Franz Liszt’s oratorio Christus by the German music published Bärenreiter. Praised by the American Choral Review as a “goldmine of information,” and by the British journal Choir & Organ as an “Insightful restoration… and an impressive edition,” the Urtext score includes a 100+ page discussion of 19th-century performance practices.

Based on this success, he is in conversation with Oxford University Press about authoring a comprehensive book on choral performance practices.

Moreover, David re-discovered and edited five lost choral pieces—Fünf Gedichte von Richard Pohl, Op. 15—by the 19th-century conductor Hans von Bülow. Published by E.C. Schirmer, Friddle conducted the American premiere and recorded the set for Arsis Records.

Friddle has had articles published in journals and magazines such as
  • Choral Journal
  • Newsletter of the American Liszt Society
  • American Choral Review
  • The American Organist
and has presented at venues including
  • 2006 American Choral Director Association National Convention, Los Angeles
  • 2006 Kulturfest Weimar
  • 2005 American Liszt Society Festival
  • University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • Helicon Foundation, New York
Furthermore, he founded two community-based choirs—Upstate Singers Allied in Greenville, SC (1996) and Cantaría in Asheville, NC (1997).

He has studied with such choral figures including Jo-Michael Scheibe (President, ACDA 2011), Stephen Cleobury (King’s College, Cambridge), Richard Westenberg (Juilliard School), Dennis Schrock (University of Oklahoma) and has attended workshops with Eric Whitacre, Dennis Keene, and German conductor Kurt Masur. David studied orchestral conducting with Thomas Sleeper at the University of Miami.
Awards received by Dr. Friddle include:
  • Presser Music Award
  • Fulbright Award (finalist)
  • Election to Pi Kappa Lambda, University of Miami
  • UM Provost Travel Grant
  • University of Miami Graduate Award for Excellence
  • Adobe Graduate Innovation Award
  • First Prize, Music Division, UM Citizen’s Board Research and Creativity Forum
  • Joseph and Grace W. Valentine Scholarship, The Juilliard School
  • Duke Scholarship, The Juilliard School
  • Election to Mortar Board and Phi Kappa Alpha, Baylor University
His compositions are published by MorningStar Music and Yelton-Rhodes Publishing. In addition, he has written liner/program notes for such organizations as
  • Master Chorale of South Florida
  • Festival Miami
  • Central City Chorus
  • Arsis Records
As an organist, Dr. Friddle has performed in
  • Alice Tully Hall, New York
  • Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral, London
  • Thomaskirche, Leipzig
  • Bristol Cathedral
  • Winchester Cathedral
  • Yorkminster Cathedral
David is a DMA2: The Juilliard School and University of Miami; he has also studied at the Royal School of Church Music in London and at the Istituto Italiano in Florence.

His teachers includeHis research has taken him to Leipzig, Berlin, Budapest, London, Weimar and he has traveled extensively in France, Italy, Australia and New Zealand—including a six-month stay in Florence.

He has conducted choirs and given workshops in seventeen of the fifty states and has gained a reputation for his expertise in Romantic music.