David Sartor (rhymes with "Carter") (b. 25 May 1956, Nashville, Tenn.) is an American composer and conductor of symphonic, chamber and choral music, and is an adjunct professor of composition at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee.
The son of high school principal Grayl Bruce Sartor and elementary school teacher Kathleen Lipscomb Sartor, Sartor began piano studies at age 5 with his grandmother, Sallie Lipscomb, a local piano instructor. In elementary school Sartor continued piano lessons and also began trumpet lessons, performing with his elementary school band. Sartor attended McGavock High School in Nashville, where he was a charter member of the school's award winning wind ensemble and marching band under the direction of Kenton J. Hull Jr. Both Hull and Bobby Jean Frost, the school's piano and music theory teacher, encouraged Sartor's development as a composer, performer and conductor. While a student at McGavock he was principal trumpet in the Nashville Youth Symphony the Middle Tennessee Honor Band and the Tennessee All-State Orchestra, and frequently organized ensembles which he conducted in performances of his own compositions.
He received his formal musical education at the Blair School of Music, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the University of Tennessee, studying composition with John Anthony Lennon and David Van Vactor and conducting with Donald Neuen, with performance concentrations in trumpet, piano and percussion. Following graduation he continued the study of conducting with Karen Lynne Deal and in workshops with Kenneth Schermerhorn and John Morris Russell.
Sartor is the composer of Synergistic Parable for symphonic band, for which he won the American Bandmasters Association's Ostwald Award for Symphonic Band Music, and Polygon for brass quintet, which received the National Fine Arts Award. Other notable works include Metamorphic Fanfare, commissioned by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Thy Light Is Come for chorus, organ, brass and timpani, commissioned by Christ Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tennessee and showcased at the Washington National Cathedral by the Cathedral Choral Society, and Concerto for Orchestra, a finalist in the Columbia Symphony Orchestra's American Composer Competition. Most recently, he received double honors in the 2012 American Prizes, national awards celebrating American excellence in the arts, garnering third place in the Choral Composition Division with his Thy Light Is Come and finalist status in the Orchestral Composition Division with his Portent and Apotheosis.
Sartor's compositions have been recognized with more than two dozen awards from ASCAP, Meet The Composer, Delta Omicron and New Music for Young Ensembles, among others. His music has been featured at the Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals, the International Double Bass Festival, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the International Music Festival in San Jose Costa Rica, The World's Largest Organ Concert, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, and at Carnegie Hall, with broadcast performances on National Public Radio and local affiliates. As guest composer, conductor and lecturer, his engagements include the Washington National Cathedral, Illinois State University, Middle Tennessee State University, the Nexus Chamber Orchestra and California State University, sponsored by New York City’s Meet The Composer Foundation.
In addition to his concert music activities Sartor is an alumnus of the acclaimed Steven Scott Smalley Film Scoring Workshop as well as a recent workshop with Richard Glasser and Aaron Zigman and, to date, he has scored more than two dozen widely distributed video documentaries and features.
In June 2007, Sartor was awarded the Thor Johnson Memorial Commission by the Delta Omicron Foundation. The Johnson Commission, awarded every three years to a distinguished concert music composer, funds the creation of a new work to be featured at the organization’s Triennial Conference. Sartor's work for string quartet, Passages, was premiered on July 17, 2009, at the 2009 Triennial Conference by the Atlantis String Quartet. Following the premiere, Sartor was inducted as a National Patron of Delta Omicron in recognition of his accomplishments as a composer and conductor.
Sartor serves as an adjunct professor of composition at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Works for Winds
- Affectations (1977)
- Ascension (2005)
- Cat's Eye (2003)
- Celebration (2012)
- Crimson (2009)
- Dies Irae (2007)
- Governor's Cup March (2010)
- Parabola (2006)
- Polygon (1987 - revised 1993)
- Prologue (2013)
- Synergistic Parable (1985)
- Veni Emmanuel - Fantasy of Abstractions (1976 - revised 2007)