David Kish, Conductor and Musical Director

David Kish headshot 3Dr. David Kish is the newly appointed conductor and musical director of the Colorado Wind Ensemble.

David Kish, a native of Hershey, Pennsylvania, is also Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Bands, and teaches conducting and music education courses. He serves as a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Innovation, is founding director of the Metro State Wind Band Celebration, and is a recipient of the Faculty Senate Teaching Excellence Award.

David has taught instrumental music at all educational levels, including a position as Associate Director of Bands and Franklin Fellow at the University of Georgia. His writings on wind literature, conducting pedagogy, and music education have been published in The Instrumentalist magazine, Journal of Band Research, Music Educators Journal, Tempo, and four volumes of the popular resource texts, Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. David recently authored Volume V of his book series, Guides to Band Masterworks, published by Meredith Music Publications and distributed by Hal Leonard Corporation.

Dr. Kish earned the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Instrumental Conducting and Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. He was Conductor-in-Residence at Capital Normal University in Beijing, China, and maintains an active schedule as guest conductor, clinician, and lecturer throughout the United States.