David Wilson received his B.Mus from the University of Calgary in 1991, and his M.Mus in Choral Conducting from the University of Alberta in 2003. He has studied conducting under Jon Washburn, Wayne Riddell, Eric Ericson, Leonard Ratzlaff, and Frieder Bernius. From 1991-2001 he was the Artistic Director of the Calgary Renaissance Singers and Players – highlights include several Alberta tours, the release of their CD “The Spirit of Musick”, and the Calgary première of the Thomas Tallis Spem in Alium.
From 1993-1995, he was the Music Director of the Debut Opera Society, performing orchestral productions of Gilbert & Sullivan, Mozart, and Puccini.
David founded the SPIRITUS Chamber Choir in 1995; this semi-professional choir received a 1999 International Contemporary A cappella Recording Award for their performance of Anton Bruckner’s Os Justi from their inaugural CD “Crossing Bridges”, and was a Semi-Finalist in the CBC National Choral Competition 2000. They released their second CD, “Never the Same River Twice” in 2001.
In 1999, David received the Alberta Choral Federation’s Con Spirito Award, in recognition of his contribution to choral music in Alberta.
Since moving to Edmonton he has served as Associate Conductor of the Richard Eaton Singers and Da Camera Singers, and as the Artistic Director of Vocal Alchemy, the Edmonton Recorder Orchestra (2003-2008), My Fair Lady, Dream King, Mikado, and most recently, RENT.
In October 2004, David was invited to the the Évora Cathedral Music School to present his Master’s Thesis, “Manuel Cardoso of Portugal”.
From 2003-2008 David served as Director of Music at Concordia High School, from 2006-1010 served as Vocal Yoga instructor for Opera Nuova’s Summer Festival Program.
Since 2010 he has been working with both Edmonton Musical Theatre and Calgary’s Cowtown Opera as Vocal Coach. As a singer he has been singing in the Edmonton Opera Chorus since 2006, and in 2011 performed “Cinderella’s Prince” and “The Wolf” in Elope’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods.
2012 sees him Co-Conducting the Nexus Chamber Orchestra, and
teaching voice at Grant MacEwan University.
In addition to maintaining vocal instruction studios in both Calgary and Edmonton, David is the founder of the Body, Breath, & Voice Integrative Training Technique, and The Flow Method of Voice Instruction. He leads over forty workshops a year across Canada with choirs, schools, yoga centres, offices and hospitals on the use of yoga, breath and voice to develop physical health, vocal strength and personal confidence, as well as to discover one’s full creative potential. He is currently working on his first DVD, Yoga for Singers, and his first book, The Flow Method of Voice Instruction.
His website is body-breath-voice.com.