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David McDade

David is Seattle Opera’s principal coach, pianist and assistant chorus master and has served as an assistant conductor for every presentation of The Ring since 1995. He has appeared locally in recital, is a regular accompanist for the MONC NW auditions, and has played piano and celesta with the Seattle Symphony in the pit of the Opera House. He has conducted Mecham’s Tartuffe at the University of Washington and was a guest coach with Cornish College of the Arts.

After beginning his career at Portland Opera, he spent several seasons with Washington National Opera as assistant conductor, coach, and prompter; he conducted their first ever student matinee (The Crucible) and grade-school outreach program “Look-ins” for Rigoletto, Marriage of Figaro, and Madama Butterfly.

David’s varied background includes credits as french hornist, vocalist, and actor. He is a graduate of Portland State University (BM, vocal performance) and The Peabody Conservatory (MM, conducting).