David Carpenter was born in 1972 in Poughkeepsie, New York. His music has been performed throughout the United States, including concerts at the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Brevard Music Center, and the International Double Reed Society at the University of Oklahoma. Vocal music being one of his primary interests, he has composed several works in this genre, including Fredericksburg, premiered by baritone William Stone with the Temple University Concert Choir and Chamber Orchestra conducted by Alan Harler (part of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society’s 2007–2008 concert series), and “The Monogamous Man,” for baritone, flute and cello, featured as part Network for New Music’s “Dialogues with Darwin” concert in Philadelphia, February 2010. Mr. Carpenter has also collaborated with the Momenta Quartet (New York, NY), who in 2008 performed his String Quartet and featured it on their demo CD; bassoon virtuoso Pascal Gallois, who premiered his Three Myths for Solo Bassoon in 2008; and the Argento Ensemble (New York, NY) who performed his Sextet in 2010. In November 2010, he held a residency at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, to work on his opera The Age of Innocence, based on the novel by Edith Wharton. Selected scenes from this work, completed in the spring of 2011, were presented in a workshop at Temple University in April 2012.
Mr. Carpenter’s teachers include Robert Aldridge, Herschel Garfein, Sydney Hodkinson, Kevin Puts and Maurice Wright. He holds degrees from Bates College (B.A., 1994), the Peabody Conservatory (M.Mus., 1998), and the Boyer College of Music, Temple University (D.M.A., 2011).