David Piper began his professional life as a choral singer in England. He studied voice (bass-baritone) and piano at the Royal College of Music in London for two years, before winning a Choral Scholarship to St. John’s College, Cambridge University. While at Cambridge, he sang in a number of recordings the choir made with the St. Martin’s Academy under Neville Mariner, including masses by Haydn, Byrd, and Palestrina. He also sang in several operas with the university opera company, as well as directing a performance of Handel’s Ariodante. Following graduation, he taught English and Music at St. Paul’s School in London for two years before accepting a Windsor Scholarship, which enabled him to pursue his academic interests at Reading University while singing in the choir of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Following this, he opted for the regular salary provided by an academic career in Canada, where he has lived for the past forty years, teaching at UBC, the University of Calgary, St. Mary’s University, and Acadia University. In Canada, he has sung with several small groups in Vancouver, Calgary, and Halifax, and has recently decided to return to the challenges of vocal studies and musical performance as a way of making his life more meaningful. He continues to teach in the areas of educational psychology, counselling psychology, and applied linguistics, but will gladly retire to sing and play the piano at the earliest opportunity. His current musical ambitions are to continue studying voice at the Halifax Conservatory of Music and to audition for any ‘senior’ roles in the operas of Mozart, Verdi, and others that may come available.

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