David Cubek was appointed assistant professor of music and director of the Claremont Concert Orchestra by the Joint Music Program of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges in 2010. In addition to being passionate about conducting and teaching at the college level, Mr. Cubek is a firm believer in the power of music to foster social change. During the summer months, Mr. Cubek regularly conducts ensembles from Venezuela’s acclaimed music education program known as “El Sistema.” He has also collaborated with Youth Orchestra of LA (YOLA), Gustavo Dudamel’s initiative committed to providing intensive music training to underserved neighborhoods in the Los Angeles are, as well as with other El Sistema-inspired programs across the United States. Born in Venezuela, Mr. Cubek began private piano and composition lessons at the age of 7 before entering the Simón Bolívar Conservatory. In 1999, he went on to continue his education in Montreal, studying piano, music theory, and orchestral conducting at McGill University and the Conservatory of Montreal. At the latter institution he was awarded First Prize with Great Distinction in orchestral conducting. Mr. Cubek completed his doctoral studies in orchestral conducting at Northwestern University, where he served as assistant and guest conductor of the opera program, and the Chamber and Symphony Orchestras. He has been music director of the University of Chicago Chamber Orchestra and a lecturer in music theory at both Northwestern and McGill. In addition, Mr. Cubek has led orchestras in Canada, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Italy.
In the Spring 2014 semester, Mr. Cubek was on sabbatical leave working with Venezuela’s El Sistema. During this period, he guest conducted six different orchestras and offered music theory, score analysis, and conducting workshops for young conductors and teachers from the world-renowned institution.
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