Dr. David Stocker is the former Director of Choirs and Professor of Choral Music at Arizona State University where he conducted the Concert Choir, taught graduate courses in conducting, choral literature, rehearsal techniques, and seminars in Music Education. As coordinator of the ASU choral graduate program, he chaired over eighty Doctor of Musical Arts dissertations, doctoral and masters committees, and served as an evaluator of school music programs nation-wide.
Stocker received his BS degree from Concordia, River Forest, and his PhD degree from Northwestern University. He taught at Concordia College and the University of Alberta in Canada, and at the University of North Dakota before assuming his duties at ASU in 1978. His ensembles have premiered major works with orchestra, performed regionally, nationally, and overseas, making presentations at several international conferences (Poland, Estonia, Russia, and Greece) and touring out-of-country nine times. Additionally, Stocker has participated as a panelist, advisor, clinician, or adjudicator in international music festivals in Saudi Arabia, Great Britain, Bulgaria, Russia, Greece, Poland, Romania, Canada, and Hong Kong.
He has been active as a guest conductor and adjudicator, making presentations, conducting, or adjudicating in over 300 clinics, honor choirs, All-State choirs, and festivals across the country. Dr. Stocker has almost 200 pieces in print, and contributes compositions, editions, and arrangements to a wide variety of school, community, and church ensembles. He is published by 13 major publishing houses, and until 2006, he held the position of Senior Editor for Choralweb.com. He has three ?Backpack Operas? published by E. C. Schirmer which are listed in their opera catalogue.
Stocker continues to serve as Editorial Associate on the editorial staff of the American Choral Directors Association Choral Journal and is Director of Music at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas.