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B i o g r a p h y

David Madeira (b.1982) is an internationally performed composer, worship leader, and university instructor based out of Nashville, Tennessee, where he serves as Director of Music at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. David also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at Belmont University, teaching music theory in the School of Music and worship studies in the College of Theology and Christian Ministry. David holds undergraduate and master's degrees in Composition from Belmont University, and a doctorate in Worship Studies (DWS) from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Jacksonville, FL. 


David’s doctoral thesis was focused on the topic of congregational psalmody: its history, various forms, and usage in the contemporary church. His thesis culminated in the development of a new form of Psalm chant for modern congregations, known as twelve-point chant.


Notable performances of his compositions include broadcasts on NPR and PBS, as well as a featured performance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC).  David is a Composer Fellow of Alice Parker's Melodious Accord Composer Workshop, and he has completed numerous commissions for various university, church, and professional organizations as well as for individual performers. He has also collaborated with songwriters such as Grammy Award-winning Emmylou Harris and Dove Award-winning Solveig Leithaug to create choral arrangements for use on studio tracks and live performances. David has produced a large body of work for congregational church use, including original hymns and hymn tunes, liturgical service music, choral anthems, and psalm settings.


In addition to his musical endeavors, David is a contributing author to Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail (Robert Webber & Lester Ruth: Morehouse publishing, revised ed. 2013), and a speaker at the 2018 Sing! Getty Music Worship Conference.

David resides just south of Nashville in Franklin, TN, with his wife, Elizabeth, and their three children. 


Publications available directly from the composer and from C. Alan Publications.


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