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David Hughes, DMA

Conductor of Bel Canto Women's Choir
Choral Conducting
Vocal Studies
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3108
Fax: (626) 969-7419
David Hughes teaches Advanced Conducting and Voice, and serves as advisor for Azusa Pacific’s graduate Choral Conducting program. Hughes comes to APU with extensive teaching and church music experience.

In Central California, Hughes taught at Modesto Junior College and was chorus master for the Modesto Symphony Orchestra where he amassed a significant repertoire of major choral works for large chorus and orchestra. In Texas, he taught private conducting and served as assistant conductor with the Southwestern Seminary Chorus. David holds a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from Biola University and master's and doctoral degrees in Choral Music from the University of Southern California (USC).


DMA - Choral Music, University of Southern California, 1998
M.M. - Choral Conducting, University of Southern California, 1983
B.M. - Music Education (Vocal, Choral), Biola University, 1980


  • College of Music and the Arts
  • School of Music


  • Graduate Choral Conducting
  • Music Education
  • Voice

Professional/Scholarly Presentations

Soloist and narrator, Symphony, La Mirada, 1998-2002

Guest soloist, Bach's St. John Passion, St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 1992

Emcee/host, annual Children%u2019s Concert, Modesto Symphony, 1986-1987

Professional Experience

Academic Experience
Adjunct Professor of Conducting, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California, 2004-present

Adjunct Professor of Conducting, Bethesda Christian University, Anaheim, California, 2003-present

Assistant Professor of Music, Azusa Pacific University, 2002-present

Industry Experience
Instructor/Guest Conductor, Sonora Bach Festival, Columbia College, 2000

Ministerial/Para-church Experience
Minister of Music and Worship, Granada Heights Friends Church, 1996-2003

Minister of Music, Community Presbyterian Church, La Mirada, 1990-1996