Composing Music for Sung Prayer

In the early 1980’s, alone and in partnership with fellow Minnesotans Michael Joncas and Marty Haugen, David helped to influence the direction of new liturgical music genres and resources that emerged as a result of the renewal of the Second Vatican Council.  Over the years he has composed and produced over 50 collections and recordings of original liturgical music with GIA Publications; some of his well-known compositions include Blest Are They, You Are Mine, We Are Called, We Have Been Told, Now We Remain, Song of the Body of Christ, The Name of God, The Lord Is My Light, Deep Within, Magnificat, Send Us Your Spirit, The God of Second Chances, Song of the Stable, Who Calls You by Name, and The Mass of Light.  Many of these song prayers have become an integral part of the liturgical prayer of believers everywhere. David’s music appears in many hymnals and anthologies for numerous Christian denominations throughout the world; been translated into many languages, and in 1991 he was nominated for a Grammy Award for the recording I Shall See God (GIA).

In addition to his work with Michael and Marty over the years, David has collaborated and partnered with many liturgical composers and text writers such as Lori True, Zack Stachowski, Kate Cuddy, Paul Tate, Stephen Pishner, Rob Glover, Dan Kantor, Leon Roberts, Tom Franzak, Derek Campbell, Donna Pena, Fr. Fran O’Brien, Fr. Ricky Manalo, CSP; Joe Camacho, Adam Tice, Mary Louise Bringle, Sr. Kathleen Harmon, SNDden; Bob Hurd, Dan Schutte, John Foley, SJ; Rory Cooney, Gary Daigle, Christopher Walker, Paul Inwood, Michael Mahler, Ian Callanan, Jaime’ Cortez, Tony Alonso, and Jeanne Cotter. He is also an active member of the St. Louis Liturgical Composer’s Forum, a network of liturgical composers from the United States and beyond.