David Alm has worked as an instructional assistant/piano accompanist for the Allan Hancock College Singers for fourteen years — while under the direction of Dr. Ann Lucas and now, Nichole Dechaine. He also accompanies the Righetti and Pioneer Valley High School choirs in Santa Maria. He joins Saint Benedict’s after serving five years as pianist at Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church.
He received his BA in piano performance/composition at UC Berkeley where he studied with pianists, Charles Fuery and Janet Guggenheim (Itzhak Perlman’s longtime accompanist), and the distinguished composers, Richard Felciano and Jorge Liderman.
Before completing his MFA in Music Composition in 2017 from Vermont College of Fine Arts, his composition “Autumn’s Eve,” a piano trio based on Irish traditional tunes, was twice performed in Manhattan, NYC. In 2018, his wind quintet, “Oceano” was included in VCFA’s Ecstatic Beasts art exhibition in Montpelier, VT and, more locally, won a SLO New Times Music Award
David is most proud of his 28 year old son, August, who is currently residing in San Francisco after serving as a Navy SeaBee. For fun, David often plays the bodhrán with local folk musicians specializing in Irish traditional music. And Ireland happens to be his most regular travel destination — 5 trips so far! …an admitted obsession of his. He now lives in Pismo Beach with his border collie, Reilly.