Composer/Conductor David Stock is Professor of Music at Duquesne University, where he conducts the Duquesne Contemporary Ensemble. He has been Composer-in-Residence of the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Seattle Symphony, and is Conductor Laureate of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, which he founded in 1976. He retired as Music Director of PNME at the' end of the 1998/99 season, after 23 years of dedication to new music and the living composer.
In November 1992, he was selected by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to receive the "Creative Achievement Award for Outstanding Established Artist." Among his many commissions are Kickoff, premiered by the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Maser during the Orchestra's 150th Anniversary; Violin Concerto, premiered by Andres Cardenes and the Pittsburgh Symphony under Lorin Maazel for that Orchestra's 140th Anniversary; and Second Symphony, premiered by the Seattle Symphony under Gerard Schwarz.
Mr. Stock's compositions have been performed throughout the United States and in Europe, Mexico, Australia, China and Korea. He has recorded on CRI, Northeastern, MMC, Ocean and Ambassador.
Mr. Stock has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, five Fellowship Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, five Fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and grants and commissions from Ella Lyman Cabot Trust, the Paderewski Fund for Composers, the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, the Barlow Endowment, Boston Musica Viva, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Richard Stoltzman, Duquesne University, the Erie Philharmonic, and many others.
As guest conductor, he has appeared with Australia's Seymour Group, Pound's Capella Cracoviensis and Silesian Philharmonic, Mexico's Foro Internacional de Mus3ca Nueva, Eclipse (Beijing), the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, Monday Evening Concerts, the Syracuse Society for New Music, the Minnesota Composers Forum, the American Dance Festival, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, the New England Conservatory Contemporary Ensemble, the Chautauqua Symphony, the American Wind Symphony, and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony.
Mr. Stock has served as panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and as a host of Da Capo, a weekly series on WQED-FM in Pittsburgh. His television credits include the theme music for the award-winning PBS series "Kennedy Center Tonight."