David Friddle Resume
| Some people are born to do a thing. From age four I knew that music would be my life. Toting my Magnus chord organ upand down Razor Drive in Greenville, SC, I gave indulgent neighbors improvised recitals.
Organ lessons began a few years later. I used the back of the pew in front of me to play along with the organist. Yet, it was the hymn singing that moved me most of all. For years I studied organ, then oboe and clarinet. My high school theory teacher was clairvoyant, however; she predicted I would one day conduct.
As it happens, I had a natural affinity for the organ and pursued degrees at Baylor and Juilliard. I decided to forego a career as a recitalist after the realization that (as my high school theory teacher had predicted) I really wanted to focus my energies on conducting.
Church jobs with choirs and community college instruction were enough for a while; I wanted to teach, though, and unsuccessfully sought a suitable position. After the third go-round, I quit this country for Italy, where, in six months, I studied the language and art. And, I ate.
Upon returning, I established my graphic/web design business in Greenville—an ancillary career that has served me well in every position I've ever held. Eventually I founded two mens' choruses (one in Greenville and the second in Asheville, NC) and began to compose in earnest.
Although I had no desire to return to New York, from the blue an old friend and former employer called to offer me an interim position at a Park Avenue church. With its own community chorus (Central City Chorus) and funds for musicians, I was able to expand my repertoire.
Following my two-year term, I worked for a glossy magazine in New York—thinking yet again that I was finished with music. After the September 11 attacks, I, along with tens of thousands of others, lived in a daze. Unemployed, I could think of nothing that I wanted to do, until I realized that only conducting would bring meaning back into my life.
Pieces fell into place; I moved to Miami to complete my second DMA in choral conducting; along the way, Christus happened. Returning to school required a tremendous leap of faith, which is itself a testament to how committed I am to making music in an academic setting. My career has been diverse, non-linear, and decidedly non-traditional. I would not (indeed could not) have had it any other way.
And now at the beginning of 2009 I look to the future for the opportunity for which I have waited. Despite my best efforts, the years have shown again and again that I can't escape my first love and life-calling: music. It is part of my biology; music is in my cells; i live it and it will go with me to my death. I can imagine no better companion and indeed I want no other.
In the meantime, that's my story and I'm stickin' with it.
Updated: December 31, 2008
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