David N. Childs, is a freelance composer of music, a conductor, educator, and owner of River Avon productions (www.davidchilds.com). His ideology is simple: music has the power to transform lives for the better. David’s life-long goal is to compose the most powerful and engaging music for various genres, in the hope of improving the human condition – if only one listener at a time.
In addition to a hectic composing schedule, David is President and Artistic Director of Vox Humana, a professional choir of 24 singers drawn from all over the country (www.voxhumanatx.com). Additionally, he serves as Adjunct Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of North Texas, and as Adjunct Associate Professor at Tarleton State University.
He received a Bachelor’s degree in music from Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand; an MM degree in orchestral and choral conducting from the Florida State University, Tallahassee; and a DMA degree, also in orchestral and choral conducting, from Louisiana State University. Following his graduate studies at LSU, he then served as tenured Associate Professor of Choral Studies at Vanderbilt University from 2001- 2011.
David has conducted numerous All-State college, professional, community and honor choirs across the United States, New Zealand, and Japan. His compositions are frequently performed in all corners of the world, and he is in great demand as a commissioned composer. In June 2009, he conducted a world premiere of his Requiem Mass for chorus, soloists, and chamber orchestra, receiving a standing ovation in Carnegie Hall. In March of 2011 he premiered his new work Festival Te Deum for choir, orchestra and soloists, also in Carnegie Hall. In March, 2017, he debuted a third work of his in Carnegie Hall, and a subsequent work in March of 2018.
In the Fall of 2016 David formed a new company – River Avon Productions – that is focused on furthering his creative compositional career, especially in the areas of Choral Music, Film, Audio gaming, and other New Media. David is married to Lesley French Childs, a laryngologist at the UTSW Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, with whom they have two beautiful daughters, Emma and Aubrey.