David Haas resides in Eagan, Minnesota, and serves as a member of the Campus Ministry team at Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul. Highly regarded as one of the preeminent liturgical music composers in the English-speaking world, he has produced more than 50 collections of original music, much of it sung and prayed throughout the world.
David's most recent projects with GIA are God is Everywhere!, a recorded and printed resource of music intended for all generations of faith, and Mass of Christ, Our Hope, a mass with a setting of the Gloria that promises to rival David's own jubilant setting from Mass of Light. Other recent publications include We Are Not Alone (just released in early 2013), a recorded and printed resource of music, prayers, and reflections; Cry Out with Joy (a four-volume resource of music for the Liturgy of the Word with fellow composers Lori True, Sr. Kathleen Harmon, Paul Tate, and Stephen Pishner); as well as Instruments at Prayer (2 recorded CDs of purely instrumental arrangements of David's music).
A native of Bridgeport, Michigan, and the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan, David is a 1975 graduate of Bridgeport High School. He studied vocal music performance, piano, and conducting at Central Michigan University. He completed his studies in music performance, liturgy, and theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. David formerly served as director of music and liturgy at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Ankeny, Iowa, and the Church of St. Thomas Aquinas in St. Paul Park, Minnesota, as well as being composer-in-residence at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Minneapolis.
In addition to his work and ministry at Cretin-Derham Hall, David has been an international advocate for the role of young people in the life of the church. He is the founder and executive director of Music Ministry Alive! (www.musicministryalive.com), a national liturgical music formation program for high school and college-aged youth that has "graduated" more than 2,200 students during the past 16 years, many of whom are now serving as pastoral musicians and in other areas of ministry. He formerly served on the national advisory council for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and also has been a guest instructor for several undergraduate and graduate courses at numerous colleges and universities.
David has authored more than 25 books in the areas of liturgy, liturgical music, youth ministry, catechesis, prayer, and spirituality and has served as a consultant to several catechetical and educational publishers. He is featured on the catechetical video Teach Us to Pray: Praying the Psalms (Franciscan Media) and collaborated with Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, on two projects addressing the death penalty, Death No More (video program with Harcourt Religion Publishers) and The Death Penalty: The Catholic Viewpoint (Franciscan Media). David has written articles for Pastoral Music, Catechumenate, Connect, and GIA Quarterly.
In 1991 David was nominated for a Grammy Award for the recording of I Shall See God, and his book The Ministry and Mission of Sung Prayer (St. Anthony Messenger Press) received the Outstanding Professional Book Award from the Catholic Press Association in 2003. Along with Michael Joncas and Marty Haugen, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1995 from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. In 2004 David was named Pastoral Musician of the Year by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, and that same year he received the Crosier Award for Outstanding Service in Ministry. Next May, David will receive an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the University in Portland in Portland, Oregon, for his life-long contributions to Church and society.
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