UCF Music Department
David L. Brunner

David L. Brunner

  • Director of Choral Activities
  • Professor

Campus Location: PACM126
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David L. Brunner is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Central Florida, where he conducts the University Chorus and Chamber Singers, teaches courses in conducting, and coaches composition students. He has also served as Associate Director of the School of Performing Arts.  On two occasions he received a College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award and in 1995 the University Excellence in Teaching Award, UCF’s highest teaching honor. He is also the recipient of two major research awards: the College of Arts and Humanities Excellence in Research Award and the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Researcher Award, three Research Incentive Awards and four Teaching Incentive Awards, and has received a National Award for College Teaching from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. His choirs have appeared at state and divisional conventions of both the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference. He has, on seven occasions, conducted concerts of his own works for chorus and orchestra at Carnegie Hall.  In 2011 he was the recipient of Florida ACDA's prestigious R. Wayne Hugoboom Distinguished Service Award for "dedicated service, leadership and consistent examples of excellence in choral music in Florida".

Dr. Brunner is highly regarded for his work with singers of all ages and experience, conducting All-State and regional honor choirs at the elementary, middle and high school levels in more than thirty U.S. states and appearing internationally in Canada, the U.K., Europe, Australia and Japan.  An inspiring teacher, he is also a popular workshop clinician and conference presenter throughout North America.  His appearances have included the American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference and American Guild of Organists, the Association of British Choral Directors and the Kodaly Societies of Canada and Australia, the Asian Pacific Activities Conference Honor Choir, the International Cathedral Music Festival at Salisbury and Canterbury, the International Honor Band and Choir Festival at the Hague and Brussels, and the Choral Music Experience International Institute for Choral Teacher Education in England, Scotland and Wales.

An ASCAP award-winning composer, he is one of a prestigious group of American composers named the Raymond W. Brock Commissioned Composer by the American Choral Directors Association. His publications by Boosey & Hawkes and Walton Music number over one hundred and twenty titles in print.  His writing styles range from harmonically rich and lyrical to bold and asymmetrically rhythmic.  In each instance, he is committed to texts that resonate and connect with singers and audiences of all ages.

The New York Times has noted him as a “prolific choral writer whose name figures prominently on national repertory lists”, his work performed and recorded worldwide in venues as diverse as Royal Festival and Queen Elizabeth Halls in London, Canterbury Cathedral, Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, EPCOT and Carnegie Hall, and at national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, the American Kodaly Educators, and the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, the Voices 500 Festival in Newfoundland, Europa Cantata in Germany and American Cantat in Venezuela and Cuba, as well as Choral Music Experience Institutes for Choral Teacher Training in England, the U. S., Sweden and Scotland.

He is editorial advisor for Boosey & Hawkes popular Conductor's Choice series and has served on the editorial board of the Choral Journal.  His articles appear in both the Choral Journal and Music Educators Journal.  He has also contributed chapters to Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir, Volume III, GIA Publications, Inc. (2011); The Choral Director's Cookbook:  Insights and Inspired Recipes for Beginners and Experts, Meredith Music Publications (2006) and material for Nancy Menk's chapter on "Composing for Women's Choirs" in Conducting Women's Choirs: Strategies for Success, ed. Debra Spurgeon, GIA Publications (2012).  His treble music is the topic of a DMA dissertation, David Brunner's Music for Women's Choirs, by Kelly Miller at Michigan State University and a focus article in the International Federation for Choral Music’s Bulletin.

Brunner holds degrees from Illinois Wesleyan University and Northwestern University in choral music education and conducting and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Literature and Conducting from the University of Illinois. In addition he studied with Robert Shaw and with Helmuth Rilling in conducting master classes at the Oregon Bach Festival. Dr. Brunner is a Past-President of the Florida chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

A complete resource of Dr. Brunner’s work can be found at www.davidbrunner.com.


  • D.M.A. in Choral Literature and Conducting from University of Illinois (1989)
  • M.M. in Choral Conducting from Northwestern University (1979)
  • B.M.E. in Choral Music Education from Illinois Wesleyan University (1975)


No courses found for Spring 2021.

No courses found for Fall 2020.

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No courses found for Spring 2020.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
90783 MUG6306 Conducting Ⅵ Face to Face Instruction (P) F 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Not Online
No Description Available
89277 MUN3313 University Chorus Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 01:30 PM - 02:45 PM Available
No Description Available
89279 MUN3343L Chamber Singers Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM Available
No Description Available
89694 MUN5368L Graduate Chamber Singers Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM Available
No Description Available
89655 MUN5385L Graduate University Chorus Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 01:30 PM - 02:45 PM Available
No Description Available

Updated: Aug 25, 2019

Music Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
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