Monday, March 27, 2017 at 7pm


David R. Thye, Conductor

David R. Thye is a passionate conductor, educator, lecturer and clinician. While inspiring excellence through discipline and musical integrity, he consistently delivers cutting-edge live performances with sincerity, focus and enthusiasm.

In addition to his work with MidAmerica Productions, Thye is a freelance festival, state, and honor choir conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and consultant.  Prior to his present posts, he was the Robert L. Burton chair of graduate conducting at Southwestern School of Music and music director and conductor of the Master Chorale (the principal chorus of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra).  Over the past four decades, he has been director of choral activities at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix, the University of Montana in Missoula, and the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota.

Having received his B.A. degree in music education and voice from the University of Sioux Falls, Thye began his teaching career as a public school choral director. He earned both M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He has studied with such noted teachers as Eph Ehly, Weston Noble, Margaret Hillis, Don Moses, Glenn Block, Ron Nelson, Rod Walker and many others.

Under Dr. Thye’s baton, various professional, collegiate, community, and high school choral organizations have been selected to perform in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City and other premier concert halls and venues across the nation and Europe. In recognition of his outstanding success, the University of Sioux Falls presented him with its Alumni Pacesetter Award.

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