David T. Little

David T. Little
Past Executive Director

The music of American composer David T. Little has been described as “dramatically wild…rustling, raunchy and eclectic,” showing “real imagination” by New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini, and his work “completely gripped” New Yorker critic Alex Ross: “every…new-music ensemble in the city will want to play him.”  Fusing classical and popular idioms to dramatic effect, Little’s music is widely performed—including at the Tanglewood, Aspen, and Cabrillo Festivals, and by eighth blackbird, So Percussion, the London Sinfonietta and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop.

He has received awards and recognition from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Meet The Composer, the American Music Center, the Harvey Gaul Competition, BMI, and ASCAP, and has received commissions from Carnegie Hall, the Albany Symphony, the New World Symphony, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the University of Michigan, and Dawn Upshaw’s Vocal Arts program at the Bard Conservatory.  An advocate for musical community-building, he has taught music through Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections program, served as the inaugural Digital Composer-in-Residence for the UK-based DilettanteMusic.com, and served as a founding organizer of the annual New Music Bake Sale.  Artistic Director of the ensemble Newspeak since 2005, Little was most recently appointed as Executive Director of the MATA Festival.

Little holds degrees from Susquehanna University, the University of Michigan, and Princeton, where he will complete his PhD this fall.  Upcoming projects include the opera Dog Days (Robert Woodruff, director; Royce Vavrek, librettist), and new works for Todd Reynolds, Nadia Sirota, Kathleen Supové, Third Coast Percussion, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, and the New World Symphony.  An active drummer, Little can be heard performing with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and with his ensemble Newspeak, which recently released their first CD on New Amsterdam Records.