David Wolfson is a composer, music director, arranger, pianist and copyist who lives in New York City. He graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1985, and in that same year was the first recipient of the newly established Darius Milhaud Award and won the Bascom Little Fund’s Musical Theatre Composition Competition for his short opera Rainwait.
From 1989-1992, Mr. Wolfson was resident composer and music director of EM/R Dance Co., a choreographer’s collective. From 1993-1996, he was co-artistic director of Wichern/Wolfson dance & music, a company dedicated to performances involving both dance and live music; their final collaboration was Breath: The Passionate Life and Extraordinary Language of Emily Dickinson, an evening-length music-theatre work which they produced at St. Mark’s Church in New York City in 1996. In connection with the company, Mr. Wolfson received several grants from Meet The Composer and a grant from the Music Program of the National Endowment for the Arts. Mr Wolfson’s music for these companies was called ‘brilliant’ by the Cleveland Plain Dealer; the New York Times referred to it as ‘musically inventive’ and ‘theatrically forceful.’
Mr. Wolfson was the Music Director of the New York Theatrical Community Chorus from 2002-2007.
From 2007-2010, Mr. Wolfson was the Associate Artistic Director, Music Director and resident composer of Experience Vocal Dance Company. His compositions for the company have been performed at Symposium Tanz und Musiktheater in Hannover, Germany, and in New York at The Field’s Fielday, New Dance Group’s The Exchange, Movement Research’s Open Performance, and The Composer’s Voice series at Jan Hus Church.
Mr. Wolfson was also the composer for Story Salad, a series of stage revues for children which was toured nationally for thirteen consecutive years by Maximillion Productions, and one year by Story Salad Productions, Inc. Story Salad was seen by well over a million children, teachers and parents.
His theatrical song cycle Dreamhouse, based on the poetry of Barbara DeCesare, premiered in 2005 in New York City as part of the Sixth Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival.
Song For An Accident from Dreamhouse was recorded by Tamra Hayden on her CD A Day At The Fair. Other recent compositions include the lullaby Like Water (recorded by EVDC principal artist Karen Jolicoeur on her CD The Dream That You Wish), settings of poetry by Peter Beagle and Joy Katz, and a pair of short operas on original librettos, Maya’s Ark and Rapture.