The music of David DeBoor Canfield has been heard on five continents; one work, his Concerto after Glière, has received around 100 performances in the years since its premiere in 2009 by dozens of saxophonists, orchestras and wind ensembles, including Kenneth Tse, Claude Delangle and Timothy Roberts. Orchestras and wind ensembles that have presented Canfield’s music include the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (Alfred Savia, conductor), the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic (David Bowden, artistic director), the United States Navy Band (LCDR Richard Bailey, conductor), the Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, the Indiana University and University of Iowa Symphonic Bands, and the Slovenian Army Orchestra.
Canfield was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on September 23, 1950. Early musical studies were with his father, John Canfield, and graduate studies in composition were undertaken at Indiana University, where Canfield studied primarily with John Eaton. These led to his being awarded the Master of Music degree in 1977 and the Doctor of Music in 1983. Not wishing to pursue a career in teaching composition, Canfield in 1978 began Ars Antiqua, a business devoted to selling collectors classical records through the mail. This business quickly became the largest of its kind in the world, and continued until 2005, at which time the composer retired to devote more time to writing. Despite the heavy time demands of running a record business, he has written around 100 works in almost all genres.
A number of his works have been commissions, or have won prizes. Among these are his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, winner of the Dean’s Prize from Indiana University, Prisms for Violoncello Quartet and Orchestra of Violoncellos, winner of the Jill Sackler Composition Contest, Maesta for String Trio, commissioned by the Minneapolis Artists Ensemble, and Overture: The Spirit of Challenger, commissioned by the Bloomington Symphony and premiered under the direction of the composer in 1986. In February of 2001, Canfield’s music was featured in a three-day Festival given by the faculty and students of the University of Central Oklahoma at Edmond. In addition to his compositional activities, Canfield teaches Church history and biblical theology at ClearNote Pastors College in Bloomington, Indiana. His music is published by TRN, Jeanné, Inc., Evensong Music, Enharmonic Press and Editions Recherché, and has been recorded on the Albany, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Crystal, Enharmonic, Jeanné Digital Recordings, MSR, Recherché, and US Navy Band labels.