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Pianist David Freeman Coleman

B.Mus degree in performance and composition from Boston University. M.A. in composition from Tufts University. Choral directing for 25 years. Currently the Director of Choral Music at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley and Lecturer of Music at Tufts University, previously teaching at Beaver Country Day School, the Walnut Hill School, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the Boston Conservatory. Member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association (MMTA), and the American Society of Composers and Arrangers (ASCAP). Has led music workshops for the ACDA and for the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

Actively involved in theater and gospel music throughout New England, David has served as music director and rehearsal pianist for productions at the American Repertory Theater, including the 2012 Tony Award-winning production of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. With performances at the House of Blues, the Wang Center, and Symphony Hall, he also has experience working with choirs for Bobby McFerrin, Patti Labelle, Phish, and Academy Award Nominee Ryan Gosling.

David is also currently the director of the 200-voice Tufts University Third Day Gospel Choir, and has also directed choirs for Boston University, the Archdiocese of Boston, and the Boston Community Choir, which performs annually with the Boston Pops. In 2010, BBC World News America featured David in their “First Person” series which was broadcast to 300 million people worldwide. Recognized by Boston musicians for his work in gospel music, David was the 2007 recipient of the Thomas A. Dorsey Award from the New England Conservatory.

An active songwriter and composer, he has recorded 2 CD’s of songs as a solo artist, 3 CD’s of choral works, and he founded the gospel ensemble Confirmation, which since 1999 has recorded 5 CD’s of his original songs, all available on nimbit.com, iTunes and amazon.com. In 2012, David received awards for Best Male Gospel Artist, Best Gospel Producer, and Best Gospel CD at the New England Urban Music Awards.

Performances with the Dana Hall Chamber Singers worldwide, he has led the ensemble on tours in Austria, Greece, Italy, and here at home throughout Boston. In 2012, they won 1st place in the National Association of Boarding Schools 1st Annual A Capella competition in Washington D.C., and for 8 consecutive years they have been invited to sing the National Anthem at Fenway Park before Red Sox games.