David Arthur Dunbar

Doctor of Musical Arts
Denver, CO 80206 · 720-985-5338 · david@dunbararts.com

David Arthur Dunbar

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Experience
A comprehensive list of Dr. Dunbar's experience can be found on his resume/cv which is available upon request.

Conductor


University of Arizona Philharmonic Orchestra · August 2010 – May 2012
Conductor. Program and conduct concert season music in coordination with major professor. Manage orchestra library incuding preparing parts for orchestra players.

Arizona Symphony Orchestra · January 2011 – May 2012
Assistant Conductor. Conducting engagements on every concert. Manage orchestra library.

First United Methodist Church, Loveland, CO · August 2012 – Present
Director of Music. Coordination and supervision of all church music activities. Conductor of the FUMC Chancel Choir. Pianist and leader of the contemporary service praise team.

Composer


Television and Film · May 2003 – Present
Ghost writer (composer and orchestrator) for numerous television and film production projects in the United States as well as internationally.

Educator


University of North Texas · August 1996 – May 1998
Graduate Instructor. Conductor of the UNT Men's Chorus and undergraduate conducting class instructor.

Private Instructor · August 1998 – Present
Mentoring students of varying ages in applied piano, voice, composition, and conducting.

Education

University of Arizona

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

University of Arizona · Tucson, AZ · Graduated December 2017
Orchestral Conducting with a minor in Choral Conducting
Mentored by Dr. Thomas Cockrell and Dr. Bruce Chamberlain

University of Southern California

Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television (SMPTV)

University of Southern California · Los Angeles, CA · Graduated May 2003
Professional Certification
Mentored by David Raskin and Christopher Young

University of North Texas

Master of Music (MM)

University of North Texas · Denton, TX · Graduated May 1998
Orchestral Conducting
Mentored by Anshel Brusilow

Brigham Young University

Bachelor of Music (BM)

Brigham Young University · Provo, UT · Graduated December 1994
Choral Music Education
Mentored by Dr. Mack Wilberg in conducting, composition, and choral arranging

Musical Arts

Statement by the Artist
Music has always been a big part of my life, ever since I was a little kid playing my mother's console Wurlitzer organ (she actually needed to lift me up onto the bench in order for me to play it!). In the videos below you will find a good, bite-sized sampling of my musical endeavors: everything from my work as conductor and composer, to performing as the associate pianist at the famous Gaslight Theater in Tucson. There is even a link to my ragtime album, dRagtime: A Tribute to Scott Joplin, whose music excited me into learning to play the piano. Thanks for stopping by; I hope you enjoy your stay! —David

Conducting
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Rachmaninoff

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 (III: Allegro scherzando)
Arizona Symphony Orchestra · Chia-Chun Ko, piano
[program] · [full-length video]

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Elgar

The Wand of Youth (Suite No. 2)
March
University of Arizona Philharmonic Orchestra

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Menotti

The Consul
University of Arizona Opera Company
[program]

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Riegger

Dance Rhythms
University of Arizona Philharmonic Orchestra
[program] · [full-length video]

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Smetana

The Bartered Bride
Polka
University of Arizona Philharmonic Orchestra

Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television
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Mystery Alaska

Mystery, Alaska

Studio Logo and Opening Titles
Recorded at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA
[full score with music] · [full score pdf]

Demons

Demons Awake

Scene from Disney's Fantasia 2000
Recorded at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA
[full score with music] · [full score pdf]

Flapjacks for Charlie

Flapjacks for Charlie

Scene from Charlie Chaplin's The Kid
Recorded at Todd-AO Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA
[full score with music] · [full score pdf]

The Core

S'Core

Scene from the movie The Core
Recorded at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, CA
[full score pdf]

Miscellaneous Musical Work
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Gaslight Theater

Mama Don't Allow

Playing piano for a show at the Gaslight Theater
Tucson, AZ
[link to the Gaslight Theater]

dRagtime

dRagtime: A Tribute to Scott Joplin

Available on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify
Includes two original Dunbar rags: Cougar Rag and Psycho-harmonic Rag
[on Google Play] · [on Spotify]

How Can I Keep from Singing

How Can I Keep From Singing

University of North Texas Concert Choir · David Arthur Dunbar, conductor
Choral arrangement by Dr. Ronald Staheli
[link to score]

No Ordinary Evening

No Ordinary Evening

Original work for piano and chorus
Loveland Ecumenical Chorus 2018 · David Arthur Dunbar, conductor
[link to score]

Academic Musical Work

Dissertation (a.k.a. The Document)

Completed December 2017 · University of Arizona · Tucson, AZ

This document has been submitted in partial fulfillment of requirements for an advanced degree at the University of Arizona and is deposited in the University Library to be made available to borrowers under rules of the Library.

Brief quotations from this document are allowable without special permission, provided that accurate acknowledgement of source is made. Requests for permission for extended quotation from or reproduction of this manuscript in whole or in part may be granted by the author. This document is under copyright by the author and is registered with the United States Library of Congress.

Symphony No. 1 in F major, Op. 17, by Zdeněk Fibich: An Amalgamation of Czech and German Musical Styles
(PDF 17.1 MB)

Link to audio recording of First Movement
Link to audio recording of Second Movement
Link to audio recording of Third Movement
Link to audio recording of Fourth Movement

Visual Arts

David Arthur Dunbar's Fine Line Arts

Statement by the Artist

I have always loved sitting down to a blank piece of paper. There's just something creatively primal about it. I remember as a little boy, thinking of millions of things that I could draw and fill up a clean white sheet of paper with. And fill it up I did, often with aliens, starships, mazes, or codes and ciphers.

It wasn't until college, however, that my one-line technique emerged. It began with a poster contest: "One Line Says It All," aimed at promoting on-campus living. I took pen to paper and with one single line created a well-recognized landscape of the campus and dormitory. It was a winner, and my visual artistry was reborn.

Since then I have refined my technique, working with a variety of pens and papers, and exploring new ideas. But ultimately the core concept of my work has remained unchanged: Art that is borne of one single uninterrupted line which never crosses over itself and has a clear beginning but a very inconspicuous ending. To the casual observer, it is art. To the more observant, it is art and puzzle at the same time…Where does the line end? Be forewarned, it could take you hours to find out.

David Arthur Dunbar, The One-line Artist


Fine Line Arts
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Pirate Storm

Pirate Storm

Acid-free silver gel pen on black archival paper
2007 — Line begins at the top of the pirate ship.

Equatorial Blue

Equatorial Blue

Acid-free silver gel pen on blue archival paper
2013 — Line begins in the center of the compass.

Griffin

Griffin

Acid-free black pen and gold gel pen on red archival paper
2014 — Line begins in the griffin's tail.

Prescramble II

Prescramble II

Acid-free black pen on white archival paper. Colored blocks added digitally.
2016 — All 52 words of the Preamble to the Constitution in crossword puzzle format, in one line.

Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line

Acid-free red, black, and blue pen on white archival paper
2017 — All 1320 words of the Declaration of Independence, in one line.

Letterboxes
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Letterboxes are customized one-line works of art, and make excellent, personalized gifts. Each work is hand-drawn and colored using acid-free pens on archival paper, and each unique piece of art comes in a beautiful glass-framed box (click here to see). Below are a few examples (photos taken before being framed). Click here to contact David and get your very own letterbox!

Letterbox

For Anna and Jeffrey

Christmas gift for a couple that are huge fans.
Acid-free pens on archival paper.

Letterbox 1

For Tiffany and Jeff

Wedding gift for a couple and the dog that brought them together.
Acid-free pens on archival paper.

Letterbox 1

For Brenda and Lee

A gift for the wonderful newlyweds after their Las Vegas (skyline) wedding.
Acid-free pens on archival paper.

Letterbox 1

For Lori

Birthday letterbox gift celebrating seven beloved pets.
Acid-free pens on archival paper.

Letterbox 1

For Teyden

Ladybug-themed letterbox for Teyden's very first birthday.
Acid-free pens on archival paper.