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 NoHeadshotMale   Name: David Batchelor
Title: Adjunct Professor, Music
D.M.A. in Composition, Minor in Theory – University of South Carolina
M.M. in Composition – Brigham Young University
B.M. in Composition – University of Houston
A.M. – Lone Star College - North Harris
Office: 129 Conservatory of Music  
Phone: 801/361-9688
Composition for computer music, voice (including choir, chamber, and solo works), and instruments (including orchestra, chamber, and solo works)
Composition of game pieces (performers are contestants in a musical game)
Teaching composition and counterpoint, music theory, and aural skills
Research on topics of music analysis, perception, and pedagogy

Composer David William Batchelor both embraces the modern relevance of tonality and writes with passion and mastery in atonality. He is an innovator for the advancement of his art form. He is the primary pioneer for the current movement of game-piece compositions, which present fun objectives for the performers and audience. His string quartet Pitfall Rider, written for the Brooklyn Rider Quartet, is an experience like an onstage videogame where performers strive to beat the levels of the music to avoid returning to “the pit” section. His latest game piece is like the old game Battleship. Performers compete to discover the secret location of each other’s ships. Then they fire, hit, sink, and conquer.

Batchelor’s music has been widely performed across the US, in South America, and in Europe. Conductor Nové Deypalan commissioned Genesis, a piece for SATB choir and organ, which he brought to Rome, Italy. Rob Archibald, conductor of the Ensign Symphony & Chorus, premiered Batchelor’s large composition for orchestra, chorus, and baritone soloist, titled I, Nephi: Words from the Dust, in Seattle’s beautiful Benaroya Hall. Pocket Productions of Columbia commissioned and facilitated the premiere of Batchelor’s Libraries Pieces for flash-performance percussion, which was performed in various public libraries with found objects like books, tables, and pens.

In addition to composing, performing, and teaching, Batchelor pursues entrepreneurial opportunities. During his time in South Carolina, he acted as the first Artistic Director of Columbia’s take on the Classical Revolution. He also served on the board of directors for the student-run new-music performance machine Cica. He founded a local concert series called Schubertiads and currently serves as its Artistic Director, bringing live classical music into people's living rooms once a quarter. Part of the goal of Schubertiads is to give children, particularly his own, the opportunity to experience the beauty of hearing classical music performed live.
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