David E. Chávez


is a composer, collaborative pianist, music theory professor, church musician, music director, and podcast co-creator. His compositions include the opera Norton: A Civil War Story, which premiered with Loudoun Lyric Opera in 2014, followed by a lecture and partial performance at the Chautauqua Institution that summer. Other recent and upcoming premieres include works for classical and rock instrumental/vocal ensembles, solo songs, choral music, and music to accompany a silent film. David's works, including the one-act operas The Wolf and the Lamb and Overtones, have been premiered and performed in Europe and the USA, by artists and performing groups including Elisabeth Stimpert (of Alarm Will Sound), New Sound Collective, Marijke, HAPPENING, Crittenden Opera, National Opera Association, ArtScape, BYU Opera, Penn State University Opera Theater, Shenandoah University Opera Theater, the Woodbridge Flute Choir, and various houses of worship.

You can hear Dave regularly playing piano and electronics in an eclectic variety of collaborative groups and settings, including monthly with Opera on Tap DC Metro at The Wonderland Ballroom, DC9 and other venues. Dave leads new and creative expressions of worship as the Music and Worship Minister at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Burke, VA, and enlightens the minds of young scholars as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Theory at Shenandoah Conservatory. After hearing from countless strangers that he has a voice for radio, Dave finally took the plunge and started The Unmeasured Podcast with co-creator C.J. Eller. You can hear his dulcet low tones and plenty of special guests discussing what it's actually like to study and work in music at facebook.com/UnmeasuredPodcast (or subscribe on iTunes, SoundCloud or Google Play). David holds two degrees in music composition from Penn State, with doctoral-level work in music composition at George Mason University, and residencies at Penn State’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities and at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. More at davidechavez.com