Schildkret to be Visiting Scholar in School of Music
David Schildkret is returning to the Salem College School of Music, where he was once dean, to be the 2009-10 visiting scholar. He will be conducting the Salem College choirs and teaching courses in music history, in addition to aiding the dean and president in planning for the future of the Salem College School of Music.
Schildkret, who was associate professor of music and dean of the School of Music at Salem from 1995 to 2002, comes back to Salem during a sabbatical from the Herberger College School of Music at Arizona State University where he is professor of choral music. He earned both master’s and doctoral degrees in choral conducting from Indiana University School of Music, and a bachelor of arts in music degree from Rutgers University.
In addition to teaching at ASU, he is director of music at Scottsdale United Methodist Church. He is the founding editor of The Choral Scholar, the online journal of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO); is active in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA); and served as the repertory and standards chair for four-year colleges and universities in the Arizona ACDA. He was recently named to the Fulbright specialist program by the US Department of State. This will place him on a list of available experts for overseas projects.
His conducting experience includes eight seasons as music director of the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra in Geneva, New York, numerous appearances as guest conductor with regional choirs at all levels, and appearances with various small orchestras and ensembles, in addition to conducting his collegiate groups. From 1997-2002, he was a frequent guest conductor with the Piedmont Chamber Singers in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He will return to that group as interim music director during his year in Winston-Salem.
Schildkret — who is currently with the Mount Desert Summer Chorale, which performs major works with orchestra each summer — has given numerous talks and published papers on the music of Bach, Mozart and Handel. He has organized major festivals at ASU, one devoted to the music of Leonard Bernstein and Ernest Bloch and another honoring the 200th anniversary of the birth of Felix Mendelssohn. His articles have appeared in the newsletters of the Mozart Society of America and the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, in the Choral Journal, Bach, Eighteenth-Century Life and the NATS Bulletin. He has published reviews in the American Choral Review and has written liner notes for numerous recordings.
During his sabbatical, Schildkret plans to complete a book, Echoes of Eden: the Garden as Metaphor in Art, Music, and Literature, which explores the ways in which artists, composers and writers employ the symbolism of the garden in their work. He incorporates visual art and literature into his teaching of music history, and has led several study trips to England and Italy. In addition to posts at Arizona State University and Salem, Schildkret also taught at the University of Rochester and at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.