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David Cole, D.M.A.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
Orchestra Director
Phone: (239) 590-1490
Office: MUS 117

Dr. David C. Cole is the Director of Orchestral Activities and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he conducts the University Strings. Dr. Cole has previously led the orchestra programs at Sam Houston State University, Northern Kentucky University, the University of Utah, Southern Utah University and Northern Michigan University and has taught in the Waco, Texas public schools. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from West Virginia University (Magna cum Laude), a Master of Arts in Orchestral Conducting from The University of Iowa, a Master of Music in Violin Performance from Baylor University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting from The University of Arizona.

In addition to his university teaching, Dr. Cole serves as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Waupaca Area Orchestra in Waupaca, Wisconsin. His recent guest conducting appearances include concerts with the National Conservatory Orchestra in Bogotá, Colombia, the Pleven Philharmonic in Pleven, Bulgaria, the Marquette Symphony in Marquette, Michigan, the Orquestra de Camera de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Mexico, the Baylor Symphony Orchestra in Waco, Texas, the El Alto Municpal Youth Orchestra in La Paz, Bolivia, and the Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra.  He has worked with distinguished soloists and ensembles including Metropolitan Opera tenor Stanford Olsen, jazz pianist Danilo Pérez and the performing troupe of “Beethoven’s Wig.” In 2001, he was selected as one of four conductors to record the national anthems heard during the Medals Ceremonies at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

Dr. Cole has assisted in the training of young conductors through lessons and master classes at the Colombia National Conservatory, the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in Puebla, Mexico, the El Alto Municipal Youth Orchestra and at Baylor University. In 2007, Dr. Cole was named the Kentucky Music Educators Association District 6 College/University Teacher of the Year. Dr. Cole appears frequently as guest conductor and orchestra clinician with youth orchestras and high school groups throughout the United States and serves as an adjudicator and clinician for Festivals at Sea.

Dr. Cole has performed as a violinist in the Waco Symphony, the San Angelo Symphony, the Flower Mound Symphony, the Tucson Pops, the Seven Hills Sinfonietta, the Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra, the Cincinnati Civic Orchestra, the Traverse Symphony, the Keweenaw Symphony, the Sault Symphony in Ontario, Canada and as a member of the Presque Isle Piano Trio. He is currently involved in creating performing editions of the orchestral works of the British composer Havergal Brian (1876-1972) in collaboration with the Havergal Brian Society of Great Britain.