DAVID CHAFE earned his Bachelor of Music (Honours; Piano Performance) in 2002 and Master of Music in 2004 (Performance and Pedagogy) from Memorial University of Newfoundland’s School of Music as a student of Dr. Kristina Szutor. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Memorial University which enables him to manage his career as a teacher, performer, accompanist, recording artist, concert producer and musical director in his St. John’s home.
David has twice been recognized by the Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (MusicNL) as 2006 Gospel Artist of the Year for It Is Well, his debut CD of hymns for solo piano, and for his follow-up 2007 CD Bright and Beautiful. In that same year, David was MusicNL’s Classical Artist of the Year for the album Over Hill and Valley with singer Christopher Bowman. This CD was also awarded Classical Album of the Year by Music Nova Scotia and was nominated as Classical Recording of the Year by the East Coast Music Association. David has also recorded a popular and critically-acclaimed CD of sacred Christmas carols, Midnight Clear, featuring singer Andrew Dale.
In 2014, David joined forces with trombonist and fellow Newfoundlander Stephen Ivany for their new CD This Shall Be For Music, an album of beautiful, lyrical song cycles transcribed for trombone and piano. Their recording is the first of its kind to be recorded and released by Newfoundland and Labrador artists and has already been featured on CBC Radio 2. David and Stephen have recitals planned in Canada and U.S. in 2015.
David is co-Founder and was an artistic director of Newman Sound Men’s Choir whose CD The Green and Salty Days earned the choir the 2011 MusicNL award for Classical Artist of the Year. The CD was nominated for an ECMA for Classical Recording of the Year. Newman Sound won international acclaim in 2012 as Champion Male Chamber Choir at the prestigious World Choir Games in Cincinnati, one of the largest choir competitions in the world. David was also pianist for eleven years for world-renowned Lady Cove Women’s Choir whose second CD Heart’s Content was released in 2013 and earned the MusicNL award that year for Classical Artist of the Year. His playing can also be heard on CD’s by Cantus Vocum Chamber Choir, gospel singer Mark House and the gospel group Celebration.
He has produced, hosted and performed in many concerts in St. John’s. David teaches piano and music theory privately, is mentor to many aspiring young musicians and is the accompanist for some of the most promising students of the MUN School of Music. He has been recognized by MusicNL for the past four years with nominations as Educator of the Year. He is also in demand as a private teacher and adjudicator throughout the province, and has been a juror for the East Coast Music Association and the JUNO Awards.
David is preparing a solo piano recital and recording in 2015 of works by Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin.
David has served on several Boards of prominent community organizations including the Kiwanis Music Festival of St. John’s, MusicNL (Chair), the Association of Cultural Industries, St. Thomas’ Church, and Waypoints (Chair). He is currently working toward his Ph.D. as a student of Memorial University’s Department of Sociology, conducting research into specific aspects of the music profession in Newfoundland and Labrador.
You can follow David on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DavidChafe.