Hello! I am David V. Montoya - composer, teacher, and tenor. Thank you for visiting my website! In this website, you will find a listing of my PUBLISHED and MANUSCRIPT scores, NON-CHORAL scores and COMMISSIONED WORKS. There is also a PHOTO GALLERY that chronicles my musical life with dear friends who have crossed my path along the way. On THE BOOKSHELF you will find several books that have inspired me and that have served me well in developing my craft. They may come in handy for you too. Finally, my CONTACT INFO. Please feel free to drop me a line if you would like to chat about my music, solicit a commission, or perform an unpublished work. Please let my know if you would like a complimentary copy of any score, and I will be happy to mail it out to you, or send it in a PDF document. Any pieces in this website that say [FREE DOWNLOAD] are yours to copy and perform as needed - my gift to you. You may use the search box below to find a score or recording anywhere on this site.
WAVES OF THE K'GUTTRIAN SEA for three steel stringed acoustic guitars
Waves of the K'Guttrian Sea (2019) is a fanciful journey through imaginary seas for three steel-stringed acoustic guitars. The stormy torrent of the opening c-minor rushes us through high waves and dark, choppy waters. We find brief calm before we are tossed again. Then, as daylight breaks and the storm passes, we float along the reflective ocean, basking in the warm sun, taking in watery scenes - sometimes contemplative, sometimes playful, always awe-inspiring. It seems that it will last forever, but no - evening falls and the storm returns with even more ferocity. This piece was written after hearing the California Guitar Trio perform in Whittier, CA in the spring of 2019. I was fascinated by their sound, professionalism, and ensemble playing and I just had to write something with them in mind. I dedicate this piece to them with admiration and deep respect. Please enjoy this MIDI recording. An actual recording is in the works.
EIGHT NOBLE MINIATURES for flute & harp
This new piece for harp and flute duo explores the Buddhist Eightfold Path with sweet melodies, and striking harmonies. The final movement is a reprise of the 1st. This piece was recorded in July of 2022 with two beautifully talented musicians: Laura Griffin-Casey on harp and Martin Glicklich on flute. It was a joy to work with these new friends and to hear them realize my music. Enjoy!
FOUR WINTER ETUDES for solo double bass
My most recent composition is a work written for the talented young bass player Brian Slack. Four Winter Etudes was written over the last two winter seasons (2021-2022) and was recorded by Brian in April of 2022. 1. Tracks on Snow, 2. Sledding, 3. Solstice Song, and 4. Twilight. They will have you shivering with delight!
FOUR CURIOUSLY UNRELATED ART SONGS for tenor, mezzo-soprano & woodwind quintet
This project was thirty years in the making! I took four art songs that I wrote in college back at Cal State U. Los Angeles, and orchestrated them for voice and woodwind quintet. The results were magical. The pieces were recorded on January 30, 2022. They were beautifully sung by Emily Weinberg and Andrew Hernandez, and included wonderful instrumentalists, namely, Jessica Sheldon on flute, Luke Dodson on oboe, Christopher Bang on clarinet, Joseph Montoya (that's mah boy!) on horn, and Alec Richard on bassoon.
OUR TRUE HERITAGE for SATB, harp, and baritone solo The premiere of Our True Heritage, commissioned by the Contra Costa Chorale and based on the poem of the same name by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, took place on November 19 and 20, 2016 in Berkeley, California. The piece was written for SATB choir, harp and baritone solo. Jillian Risigari-gai was my harp coach and she played the premiere beautifully. Sepp Hammar was the amazing voice who sang the baritone solos. This 20-minute work includes three choral movements and two harp interludes. It was my pleasure to work with the lovely and talented Cindy Beitmen as she led the wonderful chorale members in their 50th Anniversary celebration.
Our True Heritage was given its second performance on April 20, 2017 at the 1st Congregational Church of Los Angeles under the beautiful direction of Dr. Jonathan Talberg. Once again, Jillian Risigari-gai mesmerized us with her beautiful harp playing.
PEACE IS EVERY STEP for SATB, harp and drum
Peace is Every Step is a choral meditation on the poem of the same name by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. The late, great poet has been a longtime inspiration for me and setting his words to music is always a joy for me. The premiere of this piece was given by Bradley Scott Pierson and his wonderful Glass City Singers in Spring of 2018. This piece is now available from Seeadot Music Publishing.
SONGS OF FATHERHOOD for SATB a cappella can now be heard and purchased on Spotify and iTunes.
Songs of Fatherhood was broadcast on KING-FM in Seattle on Father's Day. Look for more great performances of this work in the coming months. Read more about this work by clicking MANUSCRIPT SCORES. Listen to the recordings here:
LA DANZA (DEL CORAZON) for SATB a cappella with percussion
La Danza (del Corazon) or The Dance (of the Heart) is a Spanish flavored song with a text written as a collaboration between myself and my dear student and colleague Andrew Hernandez. It is now available from Gentry Publications.
LIGHT OF MARY for SSAATTBB a cappella Brandon Elliott and the Choral Arts Initiative of Orange County, CA commissioned me to write a new piece last Spring. It was premiered on July 16, 2017. I was be one of five composers performed at the concert at St. Mark's Presbyterian in Newport Beach, CA. The piece is called Light of Mary for SSAATTBB a cappella. The choir was amazing and so was the music by my colleagues Dale Trumbore, Saunder Choi, Luke Flynn and Jeffrey Derus. Congratulations to all!
SICUT CERVUS for SSA a cappella Sicut Cervus (As the Deer) was performed this past Spring by the wonderful by Coro Femenino, Pontificia Catholica Universidad de Peru. The piece found on www.MusicSpoke.com by their wonderful conductor Isabel Salas.
My goal is to foster strong working relationships with conductors, composers and other musicians, and to continue to build up our respective musical lives. My goal is to continue to produce music that makes the world a happier and more thoughtful place. My goal is to share the joy of music with friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. I would love to hear from you! I would love to write for you. I would love to make music with you!