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David will discuss his career creating original programming, concerts and events that unite participants and audiences to give back to their communities.
Founder/Creative Director - Harmony Project
For nearly 30 years, David has been creating original programming, concerts and events that unite participants and audiences to give back to their communities. Since 2009, David has grown the Harmony Project into a national model redefining diversity and inclusion through performances, programming, and unique community service experiences.Read More
For nearly 30 years, David has been creating original programming, concerts and events that unite participants and audiences to give back to their communities.
He has an established reputation for creating collaborative, groundbreaking events that positively impact organizations and communities.
Since 2009, David has grown the Harmony Project into a national model redefining diversity and inclusion through performances, programming, and unique community service experiences.
Under David’s direction, the Harmony Project has garnered worldwide attention as well as inspired meaningful community engagement – trees have been planted, communities beautified, murals painted, playgrounds built with benefits filtering throughout the greater Columbus community.
David has also spearheaded unique programming to include afterschool arts and service classes at South High School, arts and service programming for formerly homeless residents, middle school programming at KIPP, and a music therapy program for inmates at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville.
Before Harmony, David spent 15 years in New York City where he produced and directed sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Apollo Theatre, Madison Square Garden, and appeared on NBC’s The Today Show and ABC’s Good Morning America. Among his achievements, David directed choirs supporting pop artists including Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, and Marc Anthony, and his Metro Mass Choir was chosen to perform for the first gathering of United Nations representatives following the attacks of September 11, 2001.
In New York, David was also selected as “New Yorker of the Week” for his leadership in uniting people through the arts, and is also the recipient of the national “Norman Vincent Peale Award for Positive Thinking." In 2004, David's work was featured in "O Magazine" and as part of Oprah's Angel Network, where his work was called “an ode to diversity, philanthropy, and plain old whooping!” In Columbus, David received the first ever Spirit of Columbus Award in the community category presented by The Columbus Foundation, and Harmony was awarded the 2013 Greater Columbus Arts Council Artistic Excellence Award. In 2015, Harmony Project was the recipient of The Columbus Foundation Continuous Improvement Grant to build sustainability, and the co-recipient of the Columbus Performing Arts Prize, also awarded by The Columbus Foundation.
Harmony Project is the recipient of the 2016 Ohio Arts Council's Governor's Awards for the Arts.
Harmony Project received national recognition most recently at the NCAA Women’s Final Four and in December, 2016 when its work was featured in a story on CBS Sunday Morning.
After visiting Columbus and attending a Harmony concert, Jane Pauley said,
“That’s the whole point of Harmony Project: that in its diversity, a community can find harmony.”