David Squires

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David Squires (born 1957) is a Canadian composer and the dean of the School of the Arts, Media and Culture at Trinity Western University. He received a B.Mus. (Performance) from University of Western Ontario in 1979, a M.Mus. (Composition) University of Toronto in 1981, and a Ph.D. (Composition) State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo in 1993. He has been on the faculty at TWU music for 15 years and was a worship pastor for 11 years. His recent compositions include "Where Angels Dance", a concerto for violin and orchestra premiered in April 2007, "God Ever Breath", for mezzo-soprano, flute, piano, string orchestra, premiered in November 2005, and "Table Songs", a communion liturgy for flexible instrumentation, premiered in November 2004.[1] "Where Angels Danced" was premiered by the Trinity Western Orchestra with violinist Brielle Goheen.[2]

Squires is the initiator of TWU's Worship Studies Minor and has been instrumental in developing the program.[3] Beginning in 2003, the program studies contemporary worship music, issues regarding worship leadership, and worship theology and history. In 2007, he was appointed the new dean of the Faculty of Professional Studies and Performing Arts,[4] which is now the School of the Arts, Media and Culture.[5]

He has often been praised for his quality of teaching and genuine care for his students.[6]

His scholarly interest is in Christian spirituality and new music. Other courses he has taught include composition, music history, 20th-century composers and Christian spirituality, and Worship design and leadership.