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David Pegel

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David Pegel

Biography

David Anthony Pegel (b. 1986) is an American composer, performer and educator.

Dr. Pegel completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in composition at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., 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.

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 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 , the Oak Ridge Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Miami Frost Chorale and Mancini Orchestra.

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 and has played piano, organ, and harpsichord for University of Miami’s Collegium Musicum and the Miami Bach Society.

Dr. Pegel 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, and teaches Theory Fundamentals for music minors and musical theatre students, as well as Advanced Counterpoint for graduate students. He was cited as an ASCAP Mancini Fellow in 2011.

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 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.


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