Dave Volpe is a Los Angeles based composer for film, media, and the concert hall. Dave’s affinity for writing to picture comes through when writing concert music as all of his pieces seek to tell a story. His most recently published work, Dragon Lullaby, was originally composed as a 30-second intro to an animated short film. Now, as a full-length piece for solo piano, it invokes the innocence and wonder of a baby dragon being lulled to sleep.

A graduate of the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program at USC he was afforded many rare opportunities, including a mentorship with renown film composer and longtime hero Thomas Newman, whose unique approach to composing had a profound effect on Dave’s own writing. In addition to Mr. Newman, Dave has learned from and worked with many leading professionals including Bruce Broughton, Jack Smalley, and Blake Neely.

Along with his work in films, Dave is a singer and accomplished choral arranger and composer. He has had arrangements commissioned by numerous LGBT choruses across the country including the Turtle Creek Chorale, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, the Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus, and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. Most recently he was commissioned to write a new piece for Knoxville’s 5th anniversary, which was premiered in May 2017. Dave has also been commissioned for original works by the L.A. Choral Lab, GMCLA, and enjoys many performances of his arrangements by choruses all over the country every year. As a singer he has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, the Academy Awards, and most recently in the motion picture Why Him? released in December 2016.

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