David Cross, Chorus Master
Dave Cross, a native to Skagit Valley, holds a BA and an MA in Music Education. While a teacher in the public school system, Dave’s groups consistently received top ratings in local and national competitions. He has been guest conductor of Festival Choirs, presenter for American Choral Directors Association conferences and his choirs have performed at Washington Music Educators National Conferences. He has also been an adjudicator for large group and Solo and Ensemble Festivals.
Dave has performed under the baton of Janos Czifra, Eph Ehly, Jester Hairston, Marvin Hamlisch, Charles Hirt, Theron Kirk, Michael Palmer and Arnie Roth in some of the world’s finest venues, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and many of the mainstream concert halls and cathedrals throughout Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, and Italy.
Since returning to Skagit Valley, Dave has performed with the An-o-chords, the Bellingham Music Festival, the Seattle Choral Company where he serves as Resident Bass Soloist, the Seattle Symphony and the Seattle Symphony Chorale, Skagit Community Art Theater, Skagit Opera, the Skagit Symphony, the Skagit Valley Chorale and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Dave was the co-founder, musical and artistic director of Cantabile of Skagit Valley and is presently the chorus master of the Skagit Symphony Chorus. Dave also sang with the national touring shows Video Games Live, Final Fantasy and Star Wars.
While Dave has performed lead roles in operas and Broadway musicals such as Belcore in L’Elisor D’Amor, Curly in Oklahoma!, Dr. Carrasco in Man of La Mancha, Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti, Tommy Albright in Brigadoon, his first musical love is conducting. He has been the musical director for many musical theatre productions such as Annie, Babes in Toyland, Bye Bye Birdie, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Hello Dolly, and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.