2011 ASCAP Mancini Fellow David Anthony Pegel (b. 1986) completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL, where he studied under professors Dr. Dorothy Hindman, Dr. Dennis Kam, and Dr. John Stewart.
He received his Master and Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, under the direction of Dr. Kenneth A. Jacobs.
David has received performances of more than fifty original works and arrangements in multiple concerts across the Eastern United States and abroad. He has received premieres by groups such as Eastman Tuba-Mirum, the West Virginia University Horn Ensemble, Georgia Intermediate Mixed All-State Choir 2007, the Oak Ridge Youth Symphony Orchestra, the University of Miami Frost Chorale and Mancini Orchestra, the University of Tennessee Chamber Singers and New Music Orchestra, and others.
David’s instrumental music has been described as “short and sassy on one hand and smart and boldfaced on the other” (Becky Ball, Oak Ridger). His choral repertoire is respected for its “uncanny sense of the marriage of text and music” (Dr. Angela Batey, University of Tennessee), with “rollicking, Celtic-tinged melodies” (Lawrence Budmen, South Florida Classical Review).
Specializing in sacred choral music and instrumental chamber music, David’s influences are very diverse—citing Appalachian bluegrass, Renaissance church music, hard rock, Irish folk dances, and even techno. His compositional philosophy stems from the belief that any writing technique is worth using, and that the strongest music often merges progressive and innovative practices with long-standing traditions, creating a synthesis that at once challenges the audience and gives them a sense of familiarity.
David is an active multi-instrumentalist in the Miami area, often accompanying his own local premieres on piano. He works as an organist for St. Bede Episcopal Chapel in Coral Gables, FL and has played piano, organ, and harpsichord for University of Miami’s Collegium Musicum and the Miami Bach Society. Other instruments he plays regularly include flute, Baroque recorders, trombone, and euphonium.
David is also a vocalist, singing baritone and the occasional countertenor. When he is not singing solo roles in sacred oratorios (recent performances include Pilate from Bach’s Johannes-Passion, Evangelist in Daniel Pinkham’s Seven Last Words of Christ, and bass soloist for Purcell’s Behold I Bring You Glad Tidings), he regularly sings with local choral ensembles in the greater Miami metropolitan area.
David (known as “Dr. Pegel” when he is on campus) presently works as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He works as one of the leaders for the Aural Skills unit for freshmen and sophomores in Frost’s Experiential Music Curriculum, which focuses on bringing music theory practically into ensemble performances through improvisation and composition. He also teaches Theory Fundamentals for music minors and musical theatre students, as well as Advanced Counterpoint for graduate students. He is praised for his enthusiastic classroom demeanor, encouragement of open dialogue during lectures, and catering to a wide variety of skill sets and learning styles.
David takes a particular interest in the education of young musicians at the middle and high school level. He serves as a theory teacher for the Frost Preparatory Academy, teaching music theory and aural skills to middle and high school students to provide a strong foundation for when they pursue their college degrees. Previously, he served as Dean of Musicians for Miami Music Project, an El Sistema organization, which provides free private lessons and ensemble memberships to students in the underprivileged areas of Miami. In this role, David helped to recruit players, took an additional role in ensemble directing and sectional leading, and even played timpani and percussion with the honors orchestra during understaffed rehearsals.
In addition to traditional lecture settings, David also teaches private lessons in theory and composition for high school students, offers individual and group theory tutoring for undergraduate and graduate students, and serves as a coach for aural skills development. Areas of focus for composition lessons include motivic development, orchestration, text setting, and expansion of repertoire knowledge.
Intervals with chromatic solfege
Introduction to Bach’s Fugues
Robert Tindle (college junior)