Division: Classical Performance and Composition
David Werfelmann earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition at the USC Thornton School of Music, where he also taught a variety of music classes as a teaching fellow. A native of Portland, Oregon, Werfelmann began his classical training at the Lawrence Conservatory where he received a degree in percussion performance and music composition.
His primary teachers of composition included Stephen Hartke, Donald Crockett, Don Freund, P.Q. Phan Jeffrey Hass, and Joanne Metcalf, and he studied percussion with Dane Richeson and Julie Spencer.
His works have been performed by, among others, the What’s Next Ensemble, the Zzyzx Saxophone Quartet, the Indiana University Orchestra, the Thornton Symphony Orchestra, and the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble.
Werfelmann’s work The Mad Machine won the 2011 BMI Student Composer Award and the Jimmy McHugh Composition Prize, and his saxophone quartet Hypercolor won the James Ming Scholarship at the Lawrence Conservatory.
He has participated in the 2012 SEAMUS conference, the CSU Fresno Summer Arts program, and the IES Vienna music workshop in Vienna, Austria. Recently, Werfelmann served as assistant director with the up-and-coming new music ensemble Friends of Rain in his hometown, Portland. he currently lives in Los Angeles with his partner Jake and their dog Quixote.