David L. Brunner (b. 1953) is one of today’s most active and versatile conductors and composers. He is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Central Florida in Orlando where he conducts the University Chorus and Chamber Singers and teaches courses in undergraduate and graduate conducting. In both 1995 and 2000 he received a College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award and in 1995 the University Excellence in Teaching Award, UCF's highest teaching honor. He is also the recipient two major research awards: the College of Arts and Humanities Excellence in Research Award (2013) and the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Researcher Award (2005), two Research Incentive Awards (2009, 2002), and four Teaching Incentive Awards (2013, 2005, 1996, and 1993). In 1996 he received a National Award for College Teaching from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Florida American Choral Directors Association’s (ACDA) prestigious Wayne Hugoboom Distinguished Service Award for "dedicated service, leadership, and consistent examples of excellence in choral music in Florida."
Dr. Brunner has been Artistic Director and Conductor of Gloria Musicae, Florida's professional chamber chorus; Guest Conductor of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, the Principal Chorus of the Florida Orchestra; and Music Director of the Florida Ambassadors of Music, with which he conducted six European concert tours. Other European appearances include performances at the Seminar fur Klassiche Musik at the Eisenstadter Sommerakademie in Eisenstadt and Vienna, Austria; in St. Mark's Basilica, Venice; at St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Wesley's Chapel, London; and at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II. His choirs have appeared at state and divisional conventions of both the ACDA and the Music Educators National Conference. He has, on seven occasions, conducted concerts of his own works for chorus and orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
Dr. Brunner is well known for his compelling work with singers of all ages, conducting women’s, men’s, and mixed All-State and regional honor choirs throughout the United States at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. An inspired teacher, he is also a popular clinician at choral festivals and educational workshops throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Japan, and Australia, including the ACDA, Music Educators National Conference, American Guild of Organists, the Association of British Choral Directors, the Kodaly Societies of Canada and Australia, the Asian Pacific Activities Conference Honor Choir, the International Cathedral Music Festival at Salisbury and Canterbury, the International Honor Band and Choir Festival at the Hague and Brussels, and the Choral Music Experience International Institute for Choral Teacher Education in England, Scotland, and Wales.
Dr. Brunner is an imaginative composer who has received annual ASCAP awards since 1997, and in 2000 joined a prestigious group of American composers when he was named the Raymond W. Brock Commissioned Composer by the ACDA. The New York Times has noted him as a “prolific choral writer whose name figures prominently on national repertory lists,” his works having been performed and recorded worldwide in venues such as Royal Festival and Queen Elizabeth Halls in London, Canterbury Cathedral, Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, EPCOT, and Carnegie Hall, and at national conventions of ACDA and the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. He is published by Boosey & Hawkes and Walton Music, with over one hundred compositions in print.
Dr. Brunner is editorial advisor for Boosey & Hawkes popular Conductor's Choice series and has served on the editorial board of the Choral Journal. His articles appear in both the Choral Journal and Music Educators Journal. He has also contributed chapters to Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir, Volume III (GIA Publications, 2011); The Choral Director's Cookbook: Insights and Inspired Recipes for Beginners and Experts (Meredith Music Publications, 2006); and material for Nancy Menk's chapter on “Composing for Women's Choirs" in Conducting Women's Choirs: Strategies for Success, ed. Debra Spurgeon (GIA Publications, 2012). His treble music is the topic of a D.M.A. dissertation, David Brunner's Music for Women's Choirs, by Kelly Miller at Michigan State University.
Dr. Brunner holds degrees from Illinois Wesleyan University and Northwestern University in choral music education and conducting, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in choral literature and conducting from the University of Illinois. In addition, he has studied with Robert Shaw and with Helmuth Rilling in conducting master classes at the Oregon Bach Festival. Dr. Brunner is a Past-President of the Florida chapter of the ACDA.