Biography

David Maddux has composed and arranged music in a variety of applications for 45 years. Serving as arranger and orchestrator, he has created materials for Harvey Fierstein, Rosemary Clooney, Lily Tomlin, Tituss Burgess [The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt], Debbie Reynolds, Lesley Gore, Frederica Von Stade, Ann Hampton-Callaway, Judith Martin (“Miss Manners”), Leslie Jordan [Will And Grace, Sordid Lives], Nell Carter, author Armistead Maupin, and Broadway lyricist Martin Charnin, gospel artist Sandi Patti, and studio group First Call. His a cappella jazz vocal production, “An Evening In December” was nominated for a Grammy Award. He has scored a number of films; most recently the 60’s-era gay/horror spoof, Creatures From The Pink Lagoon, and was composer for the 7-season, award-winning webseries, Where The Bears Are. He acted as orchestrator and conductor for the $9.1M Orlando-based stage spectacle, Ben Hur: The Musical. Creator of musical revues for men's and women’s choruses, his themed shows are performed around the country. For twenty years David was the primary arranger for Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus. He and his husband live in New York City.

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Please notify me when the following course(s) become available:

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  • Voice specifics: ranges and timbres for adults and children; strengths and weaknesses; using voice "colors"
  • Notation basics: score layout, tempo indications, swing notation, accompaniment options, audio reference utilities
  • Legal requirements: arrangement licenses, song licenses, performance licenses
  • Voicing fundamentals: unison, 2-part, 3-part, 4-part; voicing specifics, variations and techniques for each
  • Variety of arrangement devices: how and when to use them, and when not to use them

Entire course is internet-based. Physical attendance not required.

Course includes PDF documents and web-based instruction with audio and video examples.

Students will be expected to complete and submit arrangement exercises for feedback before continuing to subsequent sections.

Term is not time-delineated; students work at their own pace.

  • Ability to read and notate music
  • Familiarity with music notation software [Finale, Sibelius, Noteflight, etc.], including PDF output
  • Experience performing in or accompanying a vocal ensemble or chorus
  • Rudimentary knowledge of music theory: intervals, keys, triads, rhythm, meter
  • Keyboard skills helpful and preferred, but not essential

$365.00 US

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  • Aesthetic alterations: major/minor/modal, meter, tempo, style
  • Supremacy of lyric: engaging the listener and performer, letting lyric guide arrangement choices
  • Harmonization: guide tones, voice leading, varying styles and techniques
  • Structure: Intros, endings, form, vertical vs. horizontal writing, where to start
  • Directing the listener's focus: shifting aural "weight," recall
  • Dangers & pitfalls: overdoing density, too few or too many devices, letting listener's ears "rest," prioritizing voice leading
  • Variety of advanced arrangement devices
  • A cappella arranging: historical, contemporary, arrangement devices, re-harmonization

Entire course is internet-based. Physical attendance not required.

Course includes PDF documents and web-based instruction with audio and video examples.

Students will be expected to complete and submit arrangement exercises for feedback before continuing to subsequent sections.

Term is not time-delineated; students work at their own pace.

  • Ability to read and notate music
  • Familiarity with music notation software [Finale, Sibelius, Noteflight, etc.], including PDF output
  • Experience performing in or accompanying a vocal ensemble or chorus
  • Rudimentary knowledge of music theory: intervals, keys, triads, rhythm, meter
  • Keyboard skills helpful and preferred, but not essential
  • Provide two examples of vocal arrangements (audio recordings also optional)

$695.00 US

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  • Analysis of existing vocal arrangement, with focus on style, structure, degree of difficulty, strengths and weaknesses, overall intent and aesthetic choices
  • Suggestions for potential musical additions, subtractions, substitutions, use of arrangement devices and accompaniment options
  • Suggestions for potential alterations in score layout

Coaching is internet-based. Physical attendance not required.

  • Existing completed or in-process vocal arrangement of applicant's own creation

$85.00 US per analysis hour

2-hour minimum