In 2014, David Gomez was appointed permanent conductor of The Stamford Chorale. During the past 17 years, Mr. Gomez has conducted both youth and professional choral ensembles that have achieved marked success in concert and competition. He was director of the Brooklyn Borough-Wide Chorus, a youth ensemble comprised of Brooklyn’s most refined voices. Mr. Gomez has also been invited to join the choral conducting department at the Summer Arts Institute of New York City.
Mr. Gomez serves as a choral curriculum consultant to the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. His work there has guided budding choral programs to success. He also has a deep understanding of music theory, especially Species Counterpoint, Schenkerian analysis, and 18th-century harmony. He served as Director of Music Theory studies at the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music and as Director of the Advanced Placement Music Theory Program at New Canaan High School. He also offers a popular open music theory internet channel called In Music Theory. Parallel to his conducting work, he is also the founder of Alma Music Designs, a New York-based music production company specializing in original music composition for film, TV, commercials, and video games.
Mr. Gomez is beginning his 2nd year as Director of Choral Activities at Ridgefield High School and is excited to work with his new choristers. Prior to this post, he was Director of Choral Activities at New Canaan High School. His 7-year tenure at the school included conducting the renowned New Canaan Madrigal Ensemble, a high school choral group with a 39-year tradition of quality choral music-making that has toured several world cities in competition. Former choral program graduate, Christy Coco, recalls, “It is an honor to be a part of such a talented and kindhearted group of singers and to have a conductor who accomplishes nothing short of perfection.”
Mr. Gomez holds Undergraduate and Graduate degrees from the Aaron Copland School of Music where he specialized in choral conducting, music history, composition and music education. At the College, his conducting skills were honed with the assistance of master choral conductors Joel Mandelbaum, Lawrence Eisman, and Harold Rosenbaum. His choral teaching credentials include professional certificates from New York, Connecticut, and in teaching the gifted and talented. He is a New York City native, with family ancestry from northern Spain.