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David Berlin is a composer, music educator, educational content developer and arts education consultant. He has collaborated extensively in dance-theatre and multi-artist, performances, such as Furoshiki, After the Fall, M. C. Richards Sound Fugue, and Out of the Deep, with poet Rosaly Roffman and choreographer Holly Boda-Sutton, performed at the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh, Indiana University of PA, Beaver Valley PA for a teacher training program and elsewhere. The Little Match Girl; Landscape of Sorrow with Rosaly Roffman and choreographer Karen Clemente, performed in Philadelphia. Lada in the Linden, a site-specific piece created for the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in collaboration with Poet Rosaly Roffman and Storyteller Stephany Fromm. Over the years, he has collaborated on numerous occasions with the choreographer Pat McKeown, creating music for works such as Doctor Zoology, Memoirs, Clippings, Modnoc, Characters and Critters, Christopher's Quest and No More Masks. He also collaborated with Poet Lynn Emanuel, McKewon Interarts Co. and a collection of puppet makers and visual artists in Hotel Fiesta and Palindromos. He created music for Linda Miller of the Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, the dance company "Orchasis" and dancer Celeste Beerman of Bowling Green University (Ohio) for an international electronic music festival that was held there. Dear Boy, his first collaboration in musical theatre with librettist/lyricist Jeanne Drennan, received a developmental workshop and public reading and singing in 2010, produced by the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre.
His output is primarily orchestral and chamber music and his compositions have been performed by such groups as the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Classical Symphony Orchestra, the Laureate Woodwind Quintet, the Renaissance City Woodwind Quintet, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and the Sterbrooke Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan and at the Galopogos Art Space in Brooklyn. Internationally, his work has been performed by the Cuarteto de Saxófones de Barcelona, and by Ensemble HND in Sweden. In 2010 his work for three cellos and percussion, “Critical Response,” had its world premiere performed by the rock cello band "Cello Fury" at PA Intermediate Unit 1 in California, PA. His piece “DNA” was written for a project called "360 degrees of 60x60" (Burgundy Mix). It is a large-scale collaborative piece with 59 other composers and video artist Patrick Liddell, and has been presented repeatedly, both nationally and internationally.
He took his training at Carnegie Mellon University and his doctorate at West Virginia University. His 47 year teaching career ranges from third grade students through graduate school. At Carnegie Mellon, he taught instrumental methods, brass methods, secondary methods, band arranging and repertoire, student teacher supervision, music theory, composition, and subsequently became Coordinator of Graduate Studies. He still teaches there part-time where he gives an on-line theory and composition course through the Department of Special Music Programs. In addition to numerous other professional organizations for educators and composers he is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and the Society of Composers.
Musical examples can be heard at: http://tozier.net/dberlin/website/cat.htm
Titles in blue have attached sound files. Most of these recordings are old analog recordings from live performances or captures from radio broadcasts.