a varied career as conductor, singer and composer.
David Düsing has a varied career as conductor, singer and composer.
He has performed in concerts, cabaret and Broadway shows throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. In the classical field he has sung as soloist under the batons of Robert Shaw (Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Haydn’s Creation), Pierre Boulez (Stravinsky’s Renard), Klaus Tennstedt (Orff’s Carmina Burana), Michael Tilson Thomas and Gunther Schuller. In the folk and pop fields he has sung with or under the direction of Robert De Cormier, Harry Belafonte, Norman Luboff, Joanna Gleason, Pearl Bailey, Jean Ritchie, Michael Crawford, Oscar Brand, John Raitt, Morton Gould and Garrison Keillor, among others. Additional credits include radio, television, the occasional commercial and more than 130 recordings.
Mr. Düsing held the position of Associate Conductor of Choruses at New England Conservatory in Boston, where he also taught conducting. He served as chorusmaster for the Peter Sellars Mozart opera productions at the PEPSICO Summerfare and conductor of the Norman Luboff Choir on tour. His own group, the Dusing Singers, can be heard on two albums, Rags and Riches (Newport Classic) and The Cool of the Day (Greenhays), and on the soundtrack of the film Dead Man Walking. He is presently Co-Director and Music Director with Nat Horne (Director/Choreographer) of Dayton, Ohio’s Muse Machine Musicals. Their critically acclaimed sold-out shows have attracted audiences from all parts of the country.
As composer and arranger Mr. Düsing has over forty works in print with Lawson-Gould Music Publishers (Warner Bros.), Hal Leonard Corporation and E. Henry David Music Publishers (Theodore Presser). He contributed several arrangements to three holiday recordings by the Robert De Cormier Singers: A Victorian Christmas, Christmas Eve, and Children Go Where I Send Thee. With Mr. De Cormier he also arranged music for an album of early 20th century popular music entitled Oh, You Beautiful Doll (all of the above on the Arabesque label). His works can also be heard on recordings by The New York Choral Society, Pamela Warrick-Smith’s Work, Fight and Pray (Greenhays) and The Muse Machine’s The Muse Machine on Broadway, Tonight at Eight and Heart & Music (Muse Machine Recordings). He recorded an all-Gershwin CD with The Muse Machine that was released in the fall of 2004.
Mr. Düsing regularly appears with Peter Schickele in a song program that tours throughout the country. In addition, with Mr. Schickele’s alter ego, P.D.Q. Bach and soprano Michèle Eaton he appears in P.D.Q. Bach and Peter Schickele: The Jekyll and Hyde Tour. The trio also presents programs with orchestras entitled P.D.Q. Bach: The Vegas Years and P.D.Q. Bach Strikes Back. He also appears with Mr. Schickele and his wife, poet Susan Sindall, in The Condition of My Heart, a program about the joys and trials of a long marriage. For more information about David Düsing, see http://www.daviddusing.com.
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