North Central College - Naperville, IL

Rall Symposium Keynote Address

Dr. David Fuentes, Professor of Composition and Theory, Calvin College
Dr. David Fuentes, Professor of Composition and Theory, Calvin College

David Fuentes is Professor of Composition and Theory at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he composes concert and liturgical music for chamber ensembles, solo instruments, orchestra and chorus. He also writes music for film, dance, television, theater and integrative collaborations with visual artists, here and abroad.

Fuentes lectures on contemporary composers, film music, music and faith, and music and vocation. His book, "Figuring Out Melody," is a step-by-step manual for composition, valuable for novices and experts alike. He is currently writing two interrelated books: "Ears To Hear," which looks at general ways in which people throughout human history have considered music spiritual and demonstrates how Christians might use these to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit; and "Music Making as Christian Service," which investigates new perspectives and questions about faith and music that help professional musicians see their art as Christian service.

This summer, he plans to work with a student researcher on a project titled, “Exploring the Role of Music in Identity, Sports, and Faith Formation,” with support from the McGregor Foundation.

The recipient of numerous commissions, grants and prizes, Fuentes’ accolades include: League International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) Leo Snyder Prize in Composition; Wellesley Composers’ Conference, Fellowship Composer; Illinois Music Educators Association Prize in Composition; M. Gordan Fellowship; Irving Fine Fellowship; Remis Fellowship; Lilly Foundation for Vocation Research; Calvin Research Grant; Laureate of the Lincoln Academy; and Presser Scholar Award.

Fuentes earned a Ph.D. in music, music composition and theory from Brandeis University in 1988; a master of music in composition from the University of Iowa in 1983; and a bachelor of music from Roosevelt University in 1981.