DAVID KURTENBACH, tenor, described in “warm and intimate” performances as having a voice “lined with silver,” enjoys an active choral and solo career, having appeared as soloist with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Bach Collegium San Diego, American Bach Soloists, Oregon Bach Festival, Ensemble VIII, Apollo’s Fire, Magnificat, Volti, and the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. Also a devoted fan of new music, Kurtenbach has premiered works by James MacMillan, Meredith Monk, David Lang, Dave Brubeck, Kirke Mechem, Eric Banks, and Moses
Hogan. His recordings may be heard on Innova/Naxos, Koch International, Tonehammer, Pro Organo, and Soli Deo Gloria. Mr Kurtenbach is also an experienced conductor, having served as Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor at Opera San Jose and Festival Opera, as well as preparing and conducting symphony choruses in Oakland and across the country. As a teacher and lecturer, he taught master classes in voice, choral conducting, and vocal accompanying at Oberlin Conservatory and San Francisco Choral Society, and for the last nine years, has been appointed Instructor of Voice and Music Theory at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, serving as chief music educator for boy choristers and clergy. Exploring a ministry to sacred music, he often serves as Conductor, Organist, Cantor, and Officiant for Cathedral services, including conducting a recent performance of 220 voices for the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. His first performance with Conspirare was “Considering Matthew Shepard” at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago in September 2018.