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David Cronkite

David Cronkite studied classical music (performance - piano) with Pierre Jasmin at the undergraduate level at the University of Quebec at Montreal, and with Marc Durand at the master's level at the University of Montreal (UdeM). He then completed a doctorate at UdeM (performance and composition) under the supervision of Jean Piché and Lorraine Vaillancourt. His thesis focused on the integration of the instrumental gesture in a computerized musical environment. It was at this point that he developed an interest and passion, which continues today, for the unpredictable and endless possibilities of Max / MSP, a programming environment that he uses to create electroacoustic instruments as well as environments to improvise, compose and perform interactive works.

During his studies, and thereafter, David joined as a pianist or keyboardist with several contemporary music organizations in Montreal: the ECM + (Contemporary Ensemble of Montreal), the NEM (Nouvel Ensemble Moderne), the SMCQ (Société de contemporary music from Quebec), Codes d'Accès and Bradyworks. He has performed the creations of several of his colleagues including Yves Daoust, Jean Piché, Louis Dufort, Tim Brady, Chantale Laplante and Alex Burton. He has also composed for theater, dance, spoken-word and the web.

More recently, he has invested more time in two other musical passions, namely choral singing and “body-percussion”. A member of the Sandy Silva collective, he contributes to the Migration dance-film series. David sang in the Tactus, Viva Voce and Choir Saint-Laurent choirs. He currently sings in the OSM choir, Karen Young choir, Joane Hétu's noise-choir Joker as well as Voces Boreales (Andrew Gray - conductor).

David is currently President of the Montreal Choral Institute, an organization that produces Voces Boreales shows, organizes an annual master class for conductors (with Maestro Andrew Megill) as well as a workshop for amateur choirs. the Montreal region.

During his career, David devoted himself to teaching in different ways: at Vanier College, he taught piano, harmony, music theory / dictation; he taught sound design, 20th century music history and notation at Simon Fraser University (SFU). He has also taught tai chi (with a special interest in students with special needs). Since 2013, he has been teaching rhythm and music to dancers at the Montreal School of Contemporary Dance.

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