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D avid Caudill is Emeritus Professor of Music at Delta State University, Cleveland Mississippi, where he taught music courses and applied voice for thirty years.

Raised in Memphis, Tennessee, he studied piano, voice and trumpet during his early years. He began singing at an early age in children's choirs, and has continued singing throughout his life. He studied voice privately in Memphis and with Walter James at Florida State University.

He holds the BM degree in composition from Rhodes College and studied counterpoint with Burnet Corwin Tuthill. He received the MM and PhD degrees in music theory with an emphasis in composition from Florida State University where he studied composition with Carlisle Floyd and John Boda.

He has over 40 years experience as a church choir director. He has performed as a tenor soloist with orchestras in Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation and Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Requiem and Orff’s Carmina Burana, as well as in recitals, chamber music performances, opera workshop productions, community, church and synagogue performances.

His list of compositions include six song cycles and other songs, choral music including various large works for chorus, pieces for instrumental ensembles, numerous works for solo instruments and a short film score. Commissions include those by the Mississippi Music Teachers Association/Music Teachers National Association, the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia/Theta Upsilon Chapter and the American Choral Directors Association/Mississippi Music Teachers Association Joint Conference.

His Romanze for Flute and Piano is included on the CD, Mississippi Classics, and was used in the music for a documentary made for public television. His Thy Light for Chorus was published by Boosey and Hawkes. His two act opera The Shepherds’ Story was premiered as a part of Delta State University’s 75th Anniversary Celebration. I Will Praise the Lord was performed as the anthem at the final Evensong Service at Saint Pancras Church, London, as a part of the 2011 London Festival of Contemporary Church Music.

He is a recipient of the Mississippi State Legislature HEADWAE Award (Higher Education Appreciation Day-Working for Academic Excellence Award), the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Orpheus Award and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Music Award for his Five Sacred Choral Pieces. He was elected a member of the honorary societies Pi Kappa Lambda and Omicron Delta Kappa.

He is also a member of the Southeastern Composers' League, the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers, the Society of Composers Internationaland the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

He and his wife currently live in western North Carolina where he is completing his second opera.

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