Discipline: Music Composition

David Dominique

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Richmond, VA
MacDowell fellowships: 2016, 2020

David Dominique is a composer and performer. His output includes, jazz, chamber music, electronic music, and theater. His albums for jazz octet include, Mask (2018) and Ritual (2013). They have been acclaimed in numerous publications including The Boston Globe, LA Times, and Downbeat Magazine.

Dominique has received fellowships and residencies from the Mellon Foundation, Bogliasco Foundation, Yaddo, Djerassi, VCCA, Willapa Bay AiR, and MacDowell, among others. He holds a Ph.D. in music composition from Brandeis, where he studied with David Rakowski and Eric Chasalow, and is currently assistant professor of music at the College of William & Mary.

While at MacDowell in 2020, David worked on a forthcoming album called Afterlife. The album employs analog modular synthesizers, archival recordings, and digital editing in service of noisy, electronic, politically-charged compositions that dovetail with Dominique’s work as a journalist and activist in Richmond, VA.



David Dominique worked in the Kirby studio.

Erected in memory of Sarah L. Kirby, who had left a bequest to MacDowell, this studio was the first — and remains the only — brick building on the grounds. Built by local mason Augustus Beaulieu, the load-bearing masonry walls rest on a fieldstone foundation. The design of the boxlike building is simple and compact…

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