David T. Little

Director of Composition; Coordinator of New Music; Assistant Professor, Composition

Conservatory Academics



Faculty Member since 2012

Applied Area(s)



B.M., Susquehanna University; M.M., University of Michigan; M.F.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

Professional Highlights

  • Music has been performed throughout the world, including in Dresden, London, Edinburgh, LA, Montreal, and at the Tanglewood, Aspen, MATA and Cabrillo Festivalsby such performers as the London Sinfonietta, Alarm Will Sound, eighth blackbird, So Percussion, ensemble courage, Dither, NOW Ensemble, PRISM Quartet, the New World Symphony, American Opera Projects, the New York City Opera, the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop. Has received awards and recognition from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Meet The Composer, the American Music Center, the Harvey Gaul Competition, BMI, and ASCAP, and commissions from Carnegie Hall, the Baltimore Symphony, the Albany Symphony, the New World Symphony, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the University of Michigan, and Dawn Upshaw's Vocal Arts program at the Bard Conservatory.

    Recent works include the opera Dog Days (Robert Woodruff, director; Royce Vavrek, librettist, based on the short story by Judy Budnitz), Haunt of Last Nightfall for Third Coast Percussion, RADIANT CHiLD for the New World Symphony, Conspiracy Theory for Darcy James Arguee Secret Society--a new music big band--CHARM for the Baltimore Symphony under Marin Alsop, haunted topography, for Alarm Will Sound, and Am I Born for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Brooklyn Youth Chorus and soprano Mellissa Hughes, under Alan Pierson. Upcoming projects include new works for the London Sinfonietta, Newspeak, cellist Maya Beiser, the Kronos Quartet and a new opera for the Fort Worth Opera.