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Student sitting in the music building with his trombone
Front shot of the NEW music building
Jennifer Mendez, student clarinet player
Percussion Ensemble outside of the NEW music building
Luis Sanchez, Piano and Keyboarding Professor

Dr. David Stanley

Farah Padamsee

Dr. David Thomas Stanley has shown himself a versatile singing artist in both the countertenor and tenor repertoire. A native Arkansan, Dr. Stanley holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Ouachita Baptist University (summa cum laude) and a Master of Music degree from the Southern Methodist University, both in Voice Performance. He recently completed the Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance, with a related field of Vocal Pedagogy at the University of North Texas. A district winner and regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Dr. Stanley has been in demand as a soloist and chorister with various ensembles throughout the US, including most recently the Verdigris Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Incarnatus, Dallas Chamber Choir, Dallas Bach Society, the Orchestra of New Spain, the Oberlin Conservatory Baroque Performance Institute, the Tennessee Chamber Choir, and New York City's OperaMission. Dr. Stanley made his New York City solo recital debut singing the lieder of Franz Schubert at the National Opera Center. Also at ease in the musical theatre genre, Dr. Stanley has performed numerous roles on both theatrical and operatic stages. Favorite roles include principal characters in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s DreamDie Fledermaus, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers,A Christmas CarolThe Gifts of the Magi, West Side Story, and The Sound of Music. Dr. Stanley also served as the founder and Artistic Director of The San Jacinto Project, a performing arts organization in downtown Dallas that served to thrive with a positive, inclusive message of hope in the DFW artistic community through the use of performing arts experiences. The SJP’s performances, produced and directed by Dr. Stanley, received overwhelmingly positive critical response from both news media outlets and the community at large. As a stage director, Dr. Stanley’s recent directing credits have included The Gifts of the Magi, The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain, Little Women, three productions of A Christmas Carol, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Billy Blythe: An American Folk Opera. He has directed choral ensembles of singers ranging from children to senior adults. Dr. Stanley has served on the faculties of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where his primary teaching responsibilities included studio voice, the Ouachita Opera and Music Theatres, and various ensembles; and on the faculty of Dallas Christian College where responsibilities included conducting the Concert Choir and Worship Ensemble.