David Pedersen is the director of the University of Richmond Women’s Chorale and serves as the interim conductor of Schola Cantorum during the spring semester of 2011. In 2009 Mr. Pedersen conducted Women’s Chorale on a concert tour of central Europe with performances in Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. He is the newly appointed artistic director of the James River Singers, and will conduct his debut concert in the Fall, 2011.
Mr. Pedersen serves as director of music at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia, where he conducts adult and youth choirs. He has previously directed the church music programs at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Newport News, Virginia, and Risen Christ Catholic Community in Boise, Idaho. He founded and directed the Honor Choir, Women’s Chorale and Classical Guitar Ensemble at Bishop Kelly High School in Boise, Idaho, where his ensembles consistently earned top ratings and achieved regional recognition at festivals and competitions. In 2006 the choirs were invited to perform in Austria and Czech Republic for the celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth.
David Pedersen is the chair of the voice department at the Greater Richmond School of Music where he teaches studio voice lessons and he is an active adjudicator and clinician in regional choral festivals. Mr. Pedersen has sung lead and supporting roles in opera and musical theater productions as well as bass/baritone solos in oratorios, cantatas and choral works. Recently he performed at the 2010 Church Music Association of America Colloquium, as well as with the James River Singers, Richmond Choral Society, Boise Baroque Orchestra and Opera Idaho. Mr. Pedersen holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in vocal performance and classical guitar performance from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. David Pedersen is a member of the American Choral Directors’ Association and the Church Music Association of America.
A native of Huntington Beach, California, David Pedersen currently lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife, Jessica, and they are expecting their first child in July, 2011.