David H. Moody
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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. In 2019, he joined the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School. David was from 2012 to 2017 the chorus master for the Glimmerglass Festival, having been a member of the Festival’s music staff since 2004. 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). Having conducted a production there in 2019 of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, David returns to Binghamton University in the spring of 2020 to conduct La finta giardiniera .
As chorus master, David has prepared ensembles for productions led such conductors as David Robertson, Emmanuel Vuillaume, Alan Gilbert, and Jane Glover. Opening the 2019 season, he was chorus master, with Donald Palumbo, of the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. As harpsichordist and assistant conductor, he has performed with the conductors Harry Bickett, Jane Glover, Christian Curnyn, 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.