David Renter completed his Doctorate of Music in Composition at the University of Texas at Austin in May 2008. His dissertation, entitled "Holiday in Reality", is a five-movement suite composed for jazz chamber ensemble including strings, brass, woodwinds, and jazz rhythm section. This dissertation was awarded the prestigious Outstanding Dissertation Award by the University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts. Previously he was Director of Jazz Studies and Saxophone Instructor at Oklahoma City University. David completed his Master of Music in Composition at the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 and his Bachelor of Music at the University of Lethbridge in 1998. His previous saxophone teachers include: Margaret Mezei, Susan Staples, Dr. Jeremy Brown and Harvey Pittel. In the fall of 2002, David was awarded first place for his big band composition Closing (Afterthought) at the First International Jazz Composition Contest in Brussels, Belgium. He was invited to Brussels, Belgium to conduct his winning composition with the Brussels Jazz Orchestra. The performance was recorded and released on New Baltic Records. David was also a participant at the 2001 & 2002 Banff International Jazz Workshops where he had the opportunity to study and perform with Joe Lovano, Maria Schneider and Kenny Wheeler. His first CD entitled A Tale of Three Cities was released in 2004 featuring pianist Kurt Ellenberger and bassist Dave Spring. In December 2006, David recorded his second jazz CD titled Everywhere I Go with pianist Chris Andrew, bassist Kodi Hutchinson and drummer Tyler Hornby. The recording features many original compositions and was released in August 2007 on Chronograph records. Both recordings are available from www.cdbaby.com and iTunes.
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