David Torres began conducting eleven years ago, creating his own wind ensemble and concert series in Los Angeles. Leaving his native Southern California to pursue collegiate studies, Mr. Torres earned a BA in music with a conducting emphasis from Brigham Young University, Idaho. He has studied conducting with Dr. Rebecca Lord (BYU Idaho), Diane Soelberg (BYU Idaho), and Dr. Donald Neuen (UCLA), and is currently a graduate student of Dr. John Sutton (Azusa Pacific University).
While at BYU Idaho, Mr. Torres served as an assistant conductor for various choirs and teaching assistant for conducting courses. He formed the BYU Idaho Chamber Singers which performed for dignitaries, commencement, devotionals, department concerts, and much more. Following graduation, he was hired as an adjunct instructor to teach Men’s and Women’s Choir, basic and advanced conducting courses, and maintain a private conducting studio. Additionally, he served as a substitute conductor for instrumental and orchestral ensembles. He was a head conductor and contributor for the University’s televised (PBS) guest artist productions in the 15,000-seat ICenter.
Mr. Torres has conducted the music and choirs for two 2018 worldwide televised broadcast events of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints (Annual General Conference and Young Adult Fireside). He was the artistic director of the first South-Eastern production of Rob Gardner’s oratorio Lamb of God, which involved a 150-member chorus, orchestra, and professional soloists from Idaho and Utah.
Current appointments for Mr. Torres include service as artistic director and conductor of the elite choral ensemble Vocal Affinity, in Rexburg, Idaho, which will be featured as one of the performing choirs at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Northwest Regional Conference of March 2020 in Spokane, WA. He also conducts the Los Angeles-based Echo Luminos. He is simultaneously pursuing a master’s degree in conducting at Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles, where he serves as Assistant Conductor to the APU Choral Scholars, a graduate choir, and as Conducting Associate to Southern California’s reputed Angeles Chorale.