is an organist and conductor who has interests in choral music. His curiosity about Franz Liszt’s oratorio, Christus, eventually led to his research at the British Library and the Goethe-Schiller Archiv. He presented his findings at the 2005 national convention of the America Choral Directors Association, and his dissertation “Christus by Franz Liszt,” was later published as Christus: Oratorium nach Texten aus der Heiligen Schrift und der katholischen Liturgieand by Bärenreiter Verlag in English and German. David was the recipient of the Theodore Presser Award, along with additional grants from the University of Miami, which funded his research in England and Germany. His published articles appear in the Choral Journal, the Newsletter of the American Liszt Society, and the American Organist. David currently lives in Coral Gables, FL where he is continuing his career in sacred music.
Beth Gibbs, D.M.A. '10, in choral conducting, is assistant professor of music and director of choral studies at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL.
In a career spanning 40 years, University of Miami School of Music 1992 Distinguished Alumnus Thomas Hilbish, B.M. ’41 established himself as one of America's leading conductors of choral music, widely recognized for fostering and interpreting 20th century choral repertoire. His extensive repertoire included virtually the entire choral and oratorio literature. He served as on the faculty of The University of Michigan, founding their Chamber Choir, and was also an accomplished orchestral conductor.
Ken Wakia from Nairobi, Kenya graduated from Frost with a M.M. in Choral Conducting in 2005. He is the Cultural and Educational Affairs Specialist at the American Embassy in Nairobi, running more that two dozen cultural and educational exchange programs between the peoples of Kenya and the US including the Fulbright program.