38th Season Commissioned Composer
A native New Mexican, David Beatty was born and raised in Albuquerque, where he attended Sandia High School. He did undergraduate work in music theory and composition at Eastern New Mexico University and Indiana University, and graduate work in vocal pedagogy at Oklahoma City University.
David taught voice at OCU and voice and music theory at Midwest Christian College, Oklahoma City, and was organist at Western Oaks Christian Church (DOC). He was a vocal coach with Opera in the Ozarks, Eureka Springs, AR.
David has been heard in many opera and musical roles. He toured with Dave Brubeck and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra & Chorus in performances of Brubeck's La Fiesta de la Posada and was an understudy for both the bass and baritone kings.
Since moving back to New Mexico, David has served as director of music at Christ Lutheran Church, Santa Fe, and now serves as associate musician at First Presbyterian Church. He is a contract singer with the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus and a member of the Opera Southwest chorus. He is an occasional organ recitalist on the TGIF Concert Series, First Presbyterian Church, and around Northern New Mexico.
David's compositions and arrangements range from sacred choral, organ and solo vocal works to bell choir and Celtic harp. More than a few works have been premiered at First Presbyterian Church, Santa Fe, as service music or on the TGIF Concert Series. He recently created editions of Henry Purcell's I Was Glad and Claudio Monteverdi's Messa a 4 da Cappella especially for the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus. Among his works are commissions, dedicatory and occasional pieces, including for Concord Choir (OR), Christ Memorial Episcopal Church (OK), Cimarron United Methodist Church (NM), the Oklahoma Music Educators Association, St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral (OK), the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection (OK) and Western Oaks Christian Church (OK). For more information, please visit dwbeatty.com.