Accompanist and Assistant Director
David Kirkendall taught choral music at Cincinnati’s Princeton High School from 1980 to the present. Choral groups under his direction received superior ratings at numerous Ohio Music Educators Association adjudicated events. He served as vocal director for numerous Musical Theater productions at Princeton, and was the primary music instructor for Princeton’s International Baccalaureate program.
Mr. Kirkendall received his undergraduate degree, as well as a master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has completed studies for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Illinois. In 1985 Mr. Kirkendall received a fellowship to attend the Choral Conducting Institute at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. He was an adjunct instructor in choral music at the College of Mt. St. Joseph for three years and provided piano reductions for the Roger Dean editions of Vivaldi’s Gloria and Schubert’s Mass in G.
Mr. Kirkendall served as rehearsal pianist for the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati at the time of its founding in 1978. For the next 10 years he performed with the Vocal Arts Ensemble as pianist, harpsichordist and organist with conductor Elmer Thomas and also served as rehearsal pianist for various choral rehearsals of Michael Gielen, Jesús López-Cobos, James Conlon, John Nelson and Robert Shaw. For the 1988–1989 season, Mr. Kirkendall was the Assistant Conductor for the Vocal Arts Ensemble with Earl Rivers. He joined the May Festival Youth Chorus as Accompanist and Assistant Director in October of 2006.