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David McCarthy

Visiting Lecturer

School of Performing Arts
College of Liberal Arts
Applied Music Instructor (Class Piano)

David McCarthy

Visiting Lecturer

School of Performing Arts
College of Liberal Arts
Applied Music Instructor (Class Piano)

Bio

David McCarthy has degrees in music from McGill University, the Eastman School of Music, and Houghton College. He is a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists, and a member of the AGO's Board of Examiners. He is the organist and choir director at Atonement Lutheran Church in Brighton, NY. David performs repertoire and improvisations in concert regularly around the Northeast. He was a semifinalist in the 2016 National Competition for Organ Improvisation, and won second prize in the 2019 University of Michigan Organ Improvisation Competition. His compositions are published by Paraclete Press, Concordia Publishing House, and Augsburg Fortress.

 

Currently Teaching

FNRT-110
3 Credits
An introduction to music as a fine art. Students develop skills in listening, evaluation and analysis through an examination of music's forms, constituent elements, and its cultural, stylistic and historical development.
FNRT-205
3 Credits
This course is designed for the student who has basic musical literacy (ability to read music notation). In addition to the writing of melody, two-part counterpoint and four-part harmony, some attention will be given to the analysis of form and style. Because it is important that theoretical understanding be coordinated with musical application, time will be devoted to the development of musicianship. Consideration will be given to individual skills and abilities, hopefully allowing for the maximum development of each student. (Elementary music reading ability)
FNRT-256
1 Credits
Students will receive private (one-to-one) instrumental or voice lessons and participate in studio performance opportunities. Private lessons are offered to support the RIT ensembles program, therefore only students who are active participants in an approved RIT ensemble will be eligible for lessons.
FNRT-321
3 Credits
Survey of the cultivated traditions of music in the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly in the U.S., taking into account its political, social, and historical frameworks.
FNRT-485
3 Credits
This course is designed for the student who has a knowledge of basic music theory and an understanding of four-part diatonic composition. In addition to the continuing study of melodic construction and development, thematic development in two-part counterpoint, four-part harmony, chromatic materials and modulation, and analysis of form and style, emphases will be placed on the development of individual music skills.