Dr. David Francis Urrows
Associate Professor
Music History, Music Theory, Composition
M.A. Programme Director
Office: AST811
Tel.: (852) 3411-7596
E-mail: urrows@hkbu.edu.hk

David Francis Urrows was educated at Brandeis University (A.B., magna cum laude, 1978), the University of Edinburgh (M.Mus., 1980) and Boston University (D.M.A., 1987). His principal teachers were Randall Thompson and Kenneth Leighton. He also studied with Harold Shapero, David del Tredici, Girolamo Arrigo, Donald Martino, and Arthur Berger. He currently teaches music history, and music theory and analysis. He has also taught composition, 20th Century music history, aesthetics, and orchestration at HKBU. His current research interests include the history of the pipe organ in China (part of The Pipe Organ in China Project, 1989- ), as well as 19th Century studies, in particular of German emigre musicians in the United States. He is the editor of a critical edition of the music of German-American composer Otto Dresel (1826-90). The first volume, Otto Dresel: Collected Vocal Music, was published by A-R Editions in 2002, the second volume, containing Dresel¡¦s chamber works in 2009. He is also active in the area of word/music studies, and has edited two volumes of the series, Word and Music Studies. In 1989 Dr. Urrows was voted "Outstanding Teacher of the Year" by the students of the Department of Music and Fine Arts.

Dr. Urrows has also taught at Boston University, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Eastern Mediterranean University, and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. An accomplished organist and choral conductor, he has been conductor of the Hong Kong Bach Choir (1989-1991), musical director of the Cecilian Singers (1997-2000), and Assistant Organist at St. John's Cathedral (1997-2000). He is a Past Dean of the American Guild of Organists, and has worked extensively as a teacher and workshop leader with the Pipe Organ Encounter (POE) program, introducing young people to the world of organ and choral music. His compositions and arrangements have been published by Boosey & Hawkes, Paraclete Press, A-R Editions, and E.C. Schirmer. Recent commissions have included a Christmas sequence, Nova Gaudia, for the Barnby Choir, Manchester UK (1998), a festival cantata, Exaltabo Te (2006) celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hong Kong Baptist University, and a major choral work for the Hong Kong Bach Choir, Prelude and a Psalm of Francis Thompson (2007). In 2009, Dr. Urrows completed his second opera, La Castrata. Dr. Urrows is co-author of Randall Thompson: A Bio-Bibliography (1991). He has a lengthy publication list, including articles in Word and Music Studies, Studies in Intermediality, The American Organist, American Music, The Tracker, The Journal of Musicological Research, and the American Choral Review.

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