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David James Witter

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David James Witter


David James Witter (b. 1978) is a composer, instrumentalist, and educator.

Mr. Witter is projected to complete his DMA in composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance in 2020. As focal elements of both his academic and performance work, he maintains interests in electroacoustic music and solo and group improvisation as educational tools, compositional catalysts, and perpetual art laboratories.

Mr. Witter is active in jazz, rock, and new music scenes in Kansas City and Columbia, Mo. In addition to spending recent time performing traditional and contemporary praise and worship music at the Crossing and Woodcrest churches in Columbia, and at First Christian and Concord Baptist Churches in Jefferson City, he’s kept busy playing electroacoustic trombone and performing conducted improvisation works with various KC ensembles.

His award-winning music has been performed at the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis, the Missouri Botanical Garden, and improvisation symposiums in Santa Cruz, CA, Ann Arbor, MI and Paterson, NJ. In addition, his work has been recorded by Seattle free-jazz duo Bad Luck and NYC chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound, and was recently commissioned from the Kansas City-based Mnemosyne Quartet. His most recent projects have included playing electroacoustic trombone with various groups including VCrush, Piledriver, and 6th World, creating music for the inaugural 2018 Kansas City Breath Mark Artist Retreat, conducting improvisational work with the Project C4 ensemble, and playing percussion for Tim Harte’s Thomas Kinkaide ensembles.

Mr. Witter recently was appointed director of music ministries and assistant professor of music at Central Methodist University, where he runs a program that is close to one-of-a-kind in its aim of producing professional contemporary music ministry practitioners, with the aim of creating meaningful worship through their music.

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