Dr. David Scholz
Dr. David Scholz is the Director of Choral Activities at California State University, Chico, where he directs the Acappella Choir, the Chamber Singers and the University Chorus. Prior to his appointment to CSU Chico, he was the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Texas at Tyler, where he directed the UT Tyler Chorale, taught Music Appreciation, Introduction to Music History, and Choral Literature for the Schools, and served as an adjudicator and clinician throughout northeast Texas. Dr. Scholz holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Music Education from St. Olaf College (1994), a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University (1999), and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Minnesota (2006).
Prior to his graduate work at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Scholz directed choral programs at high schools in Minnesota and Florida and served in the music ministry of churches in Michigan, Minnesota and Texas. He was the Founder/Artistic Director of The Great River Chorale, an adult community choir based in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Choirs under his direction have sung at state conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and the Minnesota Music Educators Association. In addition to directing high school, community and church choirs, he has served as the director of numerous children's choirs, directed the Men's Chorus at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls and was a sabbatical replacement faculty member at St. Olaf College, where he directed the Viking Chorus and Chapel Choir in 2003.
Dr. Scholz is a member of the Bach Festival Choir in Eugene, Oregon, where he also serves as the Vocal Pedagogy Instructor for the Bach Festival Youth Chorale, directed by Dr. Anton Armstrong. While working in Minnesota, he was the editor of Star of the North, the state journal of the Minnesota Choral Directors Association. Under his leadership, the Star of the North received the national award for Outstanding State Newsletter in the national ACDA newsletter competition. He is a contributing author to the GIA publication Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Volume II , and is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Music Educators National Convention.