David Puderbaugh is Assistant Director of Choral Activities at the University of Iowa, where he conducts Camerata, teaches graduate choral literature and undergraduate choral conducting, advises D.M.A. theses, and assists in administration of the choral program. A native Iowan, Dr. Puderbaugh holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa), a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. His teachers include Timothy Stalter, David Rayl, and Aimee Beckmann-Collier. Dr. Puderbaugh also is Music Director of Chamber Singers of Iowa City, an ensemble that focuses on major choral works, having recently performed Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil.
Dr. Puderbaugh’s current research interest centers on Estonian choral music, a fascination that resulted in a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct dissertation research on that country’s national song festivals during the Soviet occupation. He served as consultant for the educational DVD release of the documentary film The Singing Revolution (Sky Films Incorporated, 2008) as well as the making of its sequel, Songs of Defiance (in production). Dr. Puderbaugh is interested in bringing the Baltic region’s vast choral treasury to the United States through performance as well as the creation of performing and critical editions.
Dr. Puderbaugh is active in several professional organizations. He is the editor of the Recorded Sound Reviews column in the Choral Journal, general editor of the NC-ACDA newsletter Melisma, and board secretary for the Iowa chapter of the Fulbright Association. Additionally, Dr. Puderbaugh is a member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization, College Music Society, Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies, and Pi Kappa Lambda honorary music society.
In addition to his conducting and scholarly activities, Dr. Puderbaugh is an active tenor soloist, performing in the Midwest and in Estonia. His recent solo credits include Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Mozart’s C-Minor Mass, and the Evangelist role in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Schütz’s St. John Passion. In Estonia, Dr. Puderbaugh has premiered several works by contemporary Estonian composers in the annual new music festival Eesti Muusika Päevad, broadcast on national radio and television, and appeared in performances of Orazio Vecchi’s madrigal comedy L’Amfiparnaso, sponsored by the national concert series Eesti Kontsert. Dr. Puderbaugh also performs with the award-winning Estonian chamber choir Voces Musicales.