William David


William David

Assistant Chair, Department of Music

University Professor of Music



A native of Grosse Pointe, MI, WILLIAM DAVID came to Iowa State University in 1972 after receiving his Doctor of Musical Arts degree summa cum laude in piano performance from the University of Michigan. His major teachers there were Gyorgy Sandor, Eugene Bossart and Robert Hord. Among the many honors he received while at the University of Michigan is the Stanley Medal, awarded to the school's outstanding music student.

Dr. David is a founding member of the Ames Piano Quartet, the resident chamber music ensemble at Iowa State. The Ames Quartet is the only nationally managed chamber music group in the state of Iowa, and performs throughout the country, as well as internationally. In January 2003 the Quartet spent a week concertizing and teaching in Havana, Cuba, the first American chamber music group to perform there in over forty years. They have recorded seven critically acclaimed compact discs. Their CD on the Dorian label of the two Dvorák Piano Quartets was named "one of the chamber music recording of the century" by Fanfare magazine

Dr. David has performed frequently as a soloist and assisting artist. Of two performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Arthur Fiedler, the Detroit Free Press wrote: "…David displayed that rare combination of youthful vitality and mature artistry." The Soviet press agency TASS, reviewing an appearance of his in Moscow, praised him as "a complete musician."

During 2002, he served as artist-in-residence at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, the most prestigious music school in the country.

Dr. David was recently promoted to the rank of University Professor. This title recognizes faculty members who have had a significant impact on their departments and the university in the course of their careers at Iowa State. No more than five percent of ISU's faculty hold this distinguished title at any time.

Dr. David also has been awarded the Regents Faculty Excellence Award by the Board of Regents of the three state-supported universities in Iowa. In his presentation of the award to Dr. David, ISU President Gregory Geoffrey noted David's "multiple distinctions as a performer, teacher, and citizen of university and the state of Iowa."

He is a past president of the Iowa Music Teachers Association and currently serves as editor of that organization's journal, The Iowa Music Teacher. Dr. David is married and has two grown children.