"... hauntingly beautiful..." -- Sir Robert Violette

David J. Gordon is a composer of band, choral, orchestral and chamber music. Recent performances and commissions have come from baritone Robert Violette, Montgomery High School (Skillman, NJ), Auten Road School (Hillsborough, NJ), St. Mary's University (Winona, MN), Lake Hiawatha School (Parsippany, NJ), and tubist Yutaka Kono.

David enjoys composing a wide variety of music, from works for beginning band through those for college-level and professional performers. A teacher for the past ten yeas, he especially enjoys crafting music that is appealing and appropriate for young musicians and speaking with them about the compositional process. Though he has spent much of the past several years focusing on music for band, he is skilled at writing vocal and orchestral music as well; he recently completed a cantata on "The Canticle of the Sun" by St. Francis that will be performed this summer at the Assisi Performing Arts Festival in Italy.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, David received his B.A. cum laude in music from Yale University and his Master's in composition from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Donald Grantham and Dan Welcher. He has also attended the Aspen Music Festival, the American Conservatory of Fontainebleau and the Hartt Conductors' Institute. He lives in central New Jersey with his wife and two children and teaches music at Montgomery Middle School.