David Fryling is director of choral activities at Hofstra University, where he conducts both the select Hofstra Chorale and Hofstra Chamber Choir and teaches beginning and advanced studies in choral conducting, as well as graduate-level studies in choral conducting and choral literature. In addition, he serves as an adjunct professor for the Hofstra School of Education, where he supervises choral music education student teachers during their field placements. In fall 2014 David was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame as the “Educator of Note” in recognition of his years of leadership in the Long Island music education community, and in the spring of 2017 David was named the winner of The American Prize in Conducting in two categories: community chorus and college & university.
An energetic and engaging conductor, clinician, and adjudicator of professional, community, and high school choirs, David’s recent invitations include various all-state and regional honor choirs, master classes, workshops, and adjudications throughout New York and in New Jersey (All-State), Vermont (New England Music Festival), Connecticut, Rhode Island (All-State), Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina (All-State), Mississippi, Michigan, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, Utah and Alaska (All-State). He has also been music director and conductor of Hofstra Opera Theater productions of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Chaikovsky’s Iolanta, and Poulenc’s Dialogues Des Carmelites, and has served since 2014 as a guest artist on the conducting faculty of the New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA) School of Choral Studies in Fredonia, NY.
In the fall of 2013 David founded the eVoco Voice Collective, a non-profit organization of singers of the highest musical, technical, and expressive abilities, who together believe in the transformative and educational power of music. Passionate advocates for excellence in the vocal art, eVoco presents choral performances and recitals of the highest caliber throughout the year. The group’s two main ensembles, the Mixed Ensemble and the Women’s Ensemble, have an “open door” policy for all rehearsals. Teachers and students of music, especially, are encouraged to “sit in” on rehearsals in the hope that they will serve as a continual learning space for students, educators, and music enthusiasts alike.
For seven summers, Dr. Fryling served as Coordinator of the Vocal Artists program at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, where he was conductor and music director of the World Youth Honors Choir and Festival Choir & Orchestra. These two choirs formed the core of the high school choral experience at this intensive six-week arts camp, and under his direction they performed such large-scale works as Brahms’ Nänie, Pärt’s Credo, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Duruflé’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria, and Mozart’s “Coronation” Mass in C.
Before his appointment at Hofstra, Dr. Fryling served as music director and conductor of the University of Michigan Arts Chorale and assistant conductor of the Michigan Chamber Singers, University Choir, and the internationally acclaimed Michigan Men’s Glee Club. While in Ann Arbor, he was also the music director and conductor of the Michigan Youth Women’s Chorus, a year-round all-state honors choir composed of select high school sopranos and altos from across Michigan.
In addition to his professional teaching and conducting responsibilities, David has served the American Choral Directors Association for many years, and is currently Vice President of the Eastern Division. When not on the podium, he enjoys freelancing as a professional choral tenor in the greater New York metropolitan area.