An energetic and engaging conductor, clinician, and adjudicator of professional, community, and high school choirs, Dr. David Fryling is director of choral activities at Hofstra University, where he conducts both the select Hofstra Chorale and Hofstra Chamber Choir and teaches beginning and graduate-level studies in choral conducting and literature. In addition, he serves as an adjunct professor for the Hofstra School of Education, where he supervises choral music education student teachers during their field placements. In fall 2014 David was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame as the “Educator of Note” in recognition of his years of leadership in the Long Island music education community, and in the spring of 2017 David was named winner of the American Prize in Conducting in two categories: community chorus and college & university.
An energetic and engaging conductor, clinician, and adjudicator of professional, community, and high school choirs, David’s recent invitations include various all-state and regional honor choirs, master classes, workshops, and adjudications throughout New York and in New Jersey (All-State), Vermont (New England Music Festival), Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Michigan, Louisiana, Texas, Utah and Alaska (All-State). He has also been music director and conductor of Hofstra Opera Theater productions of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Chaikovsky’s Iolanta, and Poulenc’s Dialogues Des Carmelites, and has served on the conducting faculty of the New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA) School of Choral Studies in Fredonia, NY as Director of the Men’s Chorus.
For seven summers, Dr. Fryling served as Coordinator of the Vocal Artists program at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, where he was conductor and music director of the World Youth Honors Choir and Festival Choir & Orchestra. These two choirs formed the core of the high school choral experience at this intensive six-week arts camp, and under his direction they performed such large-scale works as Brahms’ Nänie, Pärt’s Credo, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Duruflé’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria, and Mozart’s Mass in C (“Coronation”).
Before his appointment at Hofstra, Dr. Fryling served as music director and conductor of the University of Michigan Arts Chorale and assistant conductor of the Michigan Chamber Singers, University Choir, and the internationally acclaimed Michigan Men’s Glee Club. While in Ann Arbor, he was also the music director and conductor of the Michigan Youth Women’s Chorus, a year-round all-state honors choir composed of select high school sopranos and altos from across Michigan.
In addition to his professional teaching and conducting responsibilities, David has served the American Choral Directors Association for many years, and is currently president of the Eastern Division. When not on the podium, he enjoys freelancing as a professional choral tenor in the greater New York metropolitan area.