Dave Kirkendall


David Kirkendall taught choral music at Cincinnati’s Princeton High School from 1980 to 2013. Choral groups under his direction received superior ratings at numerous Ohio Music Educators Association adjudicated events. He also served as vocal director for various musical theater productions at Princeton, and was the primary music instructor for Princeton’s International Baccalaureate program.

Mr. Kirkendall received his undergraduate and graduate degree in choral conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Conducting instructors included Elmer Thomas, John Leman, Earl Rivers, and H. Teri Murai. He completed studies for the doctorate of musical arts degree in choral conducting at the University of Illinois, where he studied conducting with Donald V. Moses, Ann Howard Jones, and Paul Vermel. In 1985, Mr. Kirkendall received a fellowship to attend the Choral Conducting Institute at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, including study with Fiora Contino. He was an adjunct instructor in choral music at the College of Mt. St. Joseph for three years and provided piano reductions for the Roger Dean editions of Vivaldi’s Gloria and Schubert’s Mass in G.

Mr. Kirkendall served as rehearsal pianist for the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati at the time of its founding in 1978. For the next ten years he performed with the Vocal Arts Ensemble as pianist, harpsichordist, and organist with conductor Elmer Thomas, and also served as rehearsal pianist for various choral rehearsals of Michael Gielen, Jesús López-Cobos, James Conlon, John Nelson, and Robert Shaw. For the 1988-1989 season, Mr. Kirkendall was the assistant conductor for the Vocal Arts Ensemble with Earl Rivers. He joined the May Festival Youth Chorus as accompanist and assistant director in October of 2006.