David McMullin is a contemporary composer with a medieval mindset. He describes his relationship to music as sacramental—as a tactile experience to connect us with the Divine. Accordingly, each composition is a kind of prayer, designed to unlock a spirit of wonder, uniquely for each listener. Described as “beautifully free” while possessing a “vivid internal drive” (Hudební Rozhledy, Prague), his music has been performed by professional ensembles in the United States, Europe and Asia. David is a recipient of the Aaron Copland Award, IRNE Award, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, and MacDowell Colony Fellowship. He holds a Ph.D. in music theory and composition from New York University (NYU) and a Bachelor’s degree in music from Yale; his composition teachers include Louis Karchin, Brian Fennelly, Charles Wuorinen and Andrew Imbrie.
In addition to composing, David has served the music world in a wide variety of roles. He has taught music theory at New England Conservatory (NEC), Northeastern University and NYU, and has led new-music ensembles and composer organizations including the League of Composers/ISCM, the American Composers Forum New England, and Collage New Music. For four years, he guided the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) as a member of its Executive Committee. Formerly Director of Institutional Giving at NEC, he now offers consulting services to arts organizations, with a focus on non-profits that serve disadvantaged communities and youth by harnessing the mysterious power of art and music.