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David Moody

David H. Moody

Photo: Rosalie O'Connor

David Moody is a pianist, harpsichordist, conductor and vocal coach based in New York City. He is a faculty member of The Juilliard School, where he has since 2009 served as coach and chorus master, and in 2019 he joined the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School. Opening the Metropolitan Opera’s 2019 season, David was a chorus master, with Donald Palumbo, of the Met’s new production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. From 2012 to 2017, David was chorus master of the Glimmerglass Festival, having been a member of the Festival’s music staff since 2004. From 1999 to 2007, he was an assistant conductor for the Opera Company of Philadelphia, now Opera Philly, and was concurrently a faculty member of the Curtis Institute of Music. As a conductor, David has led productions at The Juilliard School and at Glimmerglass, including productions of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera (directed by Mary Birnbaum); a triple bill of Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief , Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge, and Kurt Weill’s Down in the Valley (directed by Edward Berkeley); David Lang’s little match girl passion (directed by Francesca Zambello). In 2019, he conducted a production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas for Binghamton University. As chorus master, he has prepared ensembles for productions led by such conductors as Alan Gilbert, Jane Glover, James Levine, David Robertson, and Emmanuel Vuillaume. As harpsichordist and assistant conductor, he has performed with the conductors Harry Bickett, Christian Curnyn, Jane Glover, and Julian Wachner, among others. In the fall of 2018, David conducted performances of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea for Bare Opera in NYC, and opened Boston’s Celebrity Series 2018 season in a recital with countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo.

David attended the University of Illinois as a pupil of John Wustman, and continued his studies at The National Opera Studio in London, UK.