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David Alpher

In addition to his pianistic activities at Vassar, David Alpher is an internationally-recognized composer whose works have been performed by Garrison Keillor, Carol Wincenc, the Manhattan String Quartet, Robert Osborne, Christopheren Nomura and Drew Minter, among others. His Las Meninas: Variations has been performed over 30 times worldwide.

Mr. Alpher’s works can be heard on the Ongaku, Center Stage, and Innova labels. His compositions have been printed by Friedrich Hofmeister Verlag, Brixton Publications, New Boston Editions, and Michigan State University Press.

David Alpher c0-founded and  directed the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, now in its 34th season; the Chamber Arts Festival of Marbletown; and was Music Director of the Gloucester Stage Company.

On the CD American Dreamer: Songs of Stephen Foster (Angel), Mr. Alpher collaborated as pianist and co-arranger with Thomas Hampson, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. This ensemble also performed at Tanglewood and at Great Performers at Lincoln Center.

Mr. Alpher enjoys a lively cabaret career with his wife, vocalist/lyricist Jennie Litt; they have performed at New York clubs such as The Metropolitan Room and Don’t Tell Mama, and have conducted cabaret workshops throughout the Northeast, including at Vassar. They are on the faculty of Summerkeys in Lubec, Maine.

David Alpher graduated with High Distinction from the Indiana University School of Music, and was a resident composition fellow at The MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.