Singing is Life
Singing is Life

David D. McIntire was born in upstate New York and has had some training on the clarinet. Weekly exposure to Protestant hymnody and playing in a small town band were experiences that provided his entry into music. Hearing the music of Sibelius in the fifth grade also made a deep impact. He has maintained his livelihood through playing, teaching, composing, and writing about music. He has had an inexplicable interest in electronic and modern music since his early teen years, to the frustration of several of his teachers. He also played clarinet and saxophone in a number of eccentric and overly idealistic musical groups, most notably the Colorblind James Experience, the Whitman/McIntire Duo, and the Hotheads. He holds music degrees from Nazareth College of Rochester, Ithaca College and is a DMA candidate in composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he is a Preparing Future Faculty Fellow. He is also completing a master’s degree in musicology at UMKC. His research interests include soundscape composition, minimalism and postminimalism, the “American Mavericks” tradition, and the music of Harrison Birtwistle.


David has served as adjunct professor at University of Missouri - Kansas City, Avila University Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City Community College, Johnson County Community College. He is currently teaching composition, electronic music, music business and music technology at Central Missouri University in Warrensburg MO.


In addition to his composing and college teaching, David also runs a small private music label called Irritable Hedgehog Music, which offers select recordings of minimalist and postminimalist repertoire, along with being the main conduit for his own compositions.


David has very limited availability to accept private students in composition, song writing, and music business.

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