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David Stevenson (born 1952, Maine, USA), when in high school, his “musical love” was playing the trumpet, but he was also very interested in the creation of music, not the “recreation,” as in interpreting musical ideas that were already suggested by others, but the “creation of music” as in composing and arranging. However, there was no music theory course offered in the school, and without that help and guidance, his efforts were not particularly satisfying. He went to college to major on the trumpet, but in taking the obligatory music theory classes, he found that for which he had been searching—the keys to harmony and the relationships of one part to another, in short, the way that music works.

 

He has composed music for his choirs—high school choirs, adult community choruses, and university level choral ensembles. That is the true love of music—creating for specific ensembles for specific moments. It is at the suggestion of colleagues that some of these creations are now available to the public.

 

Stevenson has been a music educator in public schools in Maine for the past forty-one years: thirty years as teacher (RSU3) of choral arts, music theory, fine arts department chairperson, and director of the Mount View Chamber Singers, a twenty voice ensemble that tours extensively, both stateside and abroad. Prior to his tenure at RSU3, he served as music educator/choral conductor in the Boothbay Region School Unit from 1981-1986, an elementary music educator in the Searsport School District from 1976-1980, and as the choral director at the Hinckley School from 1974-1976.

 

He holds degrees of Bachelor of Science in Education (University of Maine – 1974), Master of Music – Choral Conducting (University of Maine – 1992), and Doctor of Musical Arts (Boston University – 2007).

 

Outside of the music classroom, David Stevenson maintains an active schedule in the matters of music and music education:

 

  • Artistic director of the Kennebec Valley Chordsmen, the local chapter of Barbershop Harmony Society (1996-2014), as well as many speaking and publishing engagements in the matters of music and its relationship in society.

 

  • International Society for the Philosophy of Music Education, Symposia; invited speaker (Lake Forest College, June 2003; University of Western Ontario, June 2007; Sibelius Academy-University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland, June 2010; Columbia Teachers College, New York, NY, June 2013).

 

  • Selected for the position of Symposium Scholar for Boston University’s June 2007 symposium, Tanglewood II: Charting the Future of Music Education.

 

  • Received the Outstanding Dissertation in Music Education Award for 2007 as sponsored by the Council for Research in Music Education.

 

He has traveled extensively in efforts to raise his own personal awareness of musics from other cultures: El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, as well as many European countries: his latest foray being to Croatia with an interest in the Klapa music of the Dalmatian Coast.



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