David E. Becker
David E. Becker , Professor Emeritus, was the Director of Orchestral Studies and Conductor of the Symphony, Chamber , and Opera Orchestras at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music (WI) from 2005-2012 . He was the recipient of the Lawrence University 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award and received the Honorary Degree of Master of Arts in recognition of meritorious achievement in 2012. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Fox Valley Symphony (WI) for his work as the Interim Conductor of the Fox Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra (Appleton, WI) during 2011 .
Awarded Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005, he was Director of Orchestras and Professor of the Graduate Orchestral Conducting Program from 1984-2005. Maestro Becker and the UW Symphony Orchestra received critical acclaim for their international tours to Central Europe (1998) and Spain (2001). He was the Associate Conductor of the Madison Symphony (1985-1992) and Music Director/Conductor of the Racine Symphony (WI) (1989-1993). He was the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of ASTA.
Before coming to Madison in 1984, he was Director of Orchestras and Graduate Conducting at the University of Miami, Coral Gables. He went to Miami in 1980 from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where he was Associate Professor of Applied Viola and Conductor of the String Arts Ensemble. During the 1980-82 seasons, Mr. Becker was appointed Assistant Conductor for Maestro Rainer Miedel and the Florida Philharmonic (Miami). Other resident conducting appointments have included the Northern Ohio (Oberlin), Greater Miami (FL) Youth Symphony Orchestras, and the Brevard (NC) Summer Music Festival.
Mr. Becker's career as a violist has included the Atlanta, Syracuse, Savannah, Louisville, Memphis, and Madison Symphonies, the Santa Fe and Miami Operas, the Sewanee (TN), Brevard (NC), and Peninsula (WI) Summer Music Festivals, the resident faculty string quartets at the Universities of Miami, Georgia, Memphis State, Oberlin Conservatory, and the Eduard Melkus String Quartet touring in the U.S. and Europe.
Mr. Becker is widely recognized for his dedication to teaching young musicians which has resulted in high school/university orchestra clinics, and guest conducting All-State Honor and Regional Orchestras in 41 states. More recently Professor Becker was invited to guest conduct the Zhuying Symphony Orchestra in Guanghou and Zhanjiinag ( 2011) China, the MENC All-National Honors Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC ( 2012), serve as a clinician/conductor for the ASTA National Orchestra Conference ( 2013) ,and a guest faculty member at the Ohio State University Summer String Teacher’s Workshop. Professor Becker has accepted the offer of Visiting Professor and Interim Director of Orchestral Studies at Texas Tech University ( Lubbock) for 2013-14.
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