David Flowers

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David Allen Flowers is a music director and conductor in Boston and an assistant professor at Berklee College of Music. He has collaborated with the Arlington Children’s Theatre, the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, the New School of Music, and the education departments at the Ogunquit Playhouse and Chicago Opera Theater. He holds a Master of Music in orchestral conducting studies from Penn State University, where he directed the Penn State Campus Orchestra and assistant conducted the Penn State Philharmonic and Chamber orchestras. He has also served as assistant conductor for the Savoyaires and the Ridgeville Band of Evanston. He can occasionally be found serving as a guest-teaching composer, writing songs with and for public school students. As a conductor he focuses on the orchestral repertoire of 20th century Black composers and on 20th and 21st century music more generally.

Career Highlights
  • Hundreds of Chicago Public School students chanted his name, unprompted, as he entered an auditorium (he wrote some songs for them).
  • B.M., Illinois Wesleyan University, music composition
  • M.M., Penn State University, orchestral conducting studies
In Their Own Words

There's so much to learn from every style of music, from orchestral classics to Kamasi Washington and everything outside and in between. Curiosity is a critical component to creativity.

There are tiers of pragmatic skills that ensembles will expect of their directors. I've learned how to prioritize what students will need immediately versus what superlative technical qualities they can develop as their career continues.