The Composer

DAVID GETZ

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David Getz has been playing and composing music nearly his whole life.  He has been teaching Orchestra at Morton High School, his alma mater, since 2012.  He’s also the conductor of the Central Illinois Concert Orchestra and he has guest conducted the District 3 Middle School Festival Orchestra.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Illinois Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s in Music Education in 2012. In 2010 he was a winner of the IWU School of Music’s Concerto-Aria Competition and performed the 3rd movement of the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Wesleyan Civic Orchestra.

David has always had a strong passion for composing and arranging.  At IWU, he premiered several of his original works in student composition recitals.  Now in his seventh year as director of the MHS Orchestra, David has premiered four new works and regularly arranges songs for his orchestra based on their musical tastes and skill level.  He also premiered one of his full orchestral works this past spring with the Central Illinois Concert Orchestra. In May of 2015, his String Quartet No. 1 was premiered by the Boston String Quartet.  He started the after-school group, “The Composers’ Guild,” in 2012 for students interested in learning how to compose and notate their own music.  The group has grown steadily in numbers every year, and, this past April, they celebrated their fifth annual Student Composition recital, an event that has become affectionately monikered, “In Their Own Write.”

David began writing “Ruth: The Musical” in November of 2011 after hearing Doug Habegger’s sermon on the first chapter of the book.  While he worked on the musical at the pace of 1-2 songs a year for the next few years, it was in 2016 when the pace began to pick up.  After performing in a community theater production of Alan Menken’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, David was truly inspired to finish his musical.  For the next year, he made finishing Ruth his top priority, and the musical’s first draft was completed in March of 2018, three months before its premiere in June.

David lives in Morton with his wife, Lauren, and their dog, Jasper.