David DeBoor Canfield
The music of David DeBoor Canfield has been heard on five continents, and has been performed by some of the
world’s most accomplished soloists, including saxophonists Kenneth Tse, Claude Delangle, Hayrapet Arakelyan,
Stephen Page, and retired US Navy Bandsman MUCS Timothy Roberts; violinists Andres Cardenas and Rachel Patrick;
pianists John O’Conor, David Brunell and Benjamin Boren, and ensembles such as the Indianapolis Symphony
Orchestra, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, and the United States
Navy Band. Canfield was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on September 23, 1950. Early musical studies were
with his father, John Canfield, and graduate studies in composition were undertaken at Indiana University, where
Canfield studied primarily with John Eaton. He received his Master of Music in 1977 and Doctor of Music in 1983.
Canfield’s music has won numerous accolades including first place in the Jill Sackler Composition Contest and
the Dean’s Prize from Indiana University. Canfield also teaches Church history and biblical theology at Clearnote
Pastors College in Bloomington, Indiana. His music is recorded on the Albany, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra,
Crystal, Enharmonic, Jeanne Digital Recordings, Move, MSR, Recherche, Toccata Classics, and United States Navy
What others are saying about David DeBoor Canfield and his music:
The saxophone music of David DeBoor Canfield demonstrates the composer's immense
talent while exploring the many facets of the instrument's enormous capabilities as a
means of musical expression.
Eugene Rousseau, Professor of Saxophone, University
David DeBoor Canfield is one of the most sophisticated and versatile composers I know.
His works for saxophone are tremendous contributions to the repertoire.
Tse, Professor of Saxophone, University of Iowa
I have played many times during the two last concert seasons David DeBoor Canfield’s
saxophone work, "Concerto after Gliere" with huge success, not only among the audience, but
also among saxophone colleagues attending. They immediately took note of David’s name for
their future concert programs, a very good sign for his European recognition!
Claude Delangle, Professor of Saxophone, Paris Conservatoire
David DeBoor Canfield’s compositions have logic, humor, and a flair for drama that
immediately engages the audience. His gift for melody is eminently suited to the
saxophone – that most singing of instruments – and his music is a pleasure to perform.
Thomas Liley, Executive Committee, North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA), Comite
International de Saxophone
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