Before founding Firebird, Mr. Tang completed his doctorate in Orchestra / Opera Conducting at the University of Michigan School of Music, in the spring of 2006. In 2004-05, he held the positions of Director of Orchestral Activities at West Virginia University, Assistant Conductor of the Wheeling Symphony, and Director of the Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Mr. Tang was the Director of the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, the combined choruses of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra from 1996-2004. Under his leadership, the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte performed to great local and regional acclaim, performing as many as 25 performances a year in a variety of formats.
David also served as Associate Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra from 1998-2003, leading as many as 40 performances per season with the orchestra. From 2002-2004, he also led the award-winning Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, one of the most prestigious semi-professional choirs in the United States.
His guest conducting engagements have included performances with the Wheeling, Quad City, Charleston and Windsor Symphony orchestras. He has also led many acclaimed ballet performances for the North Carolina Dance Theatre and has guest conducted Nutcracker performances for the Charleston Ballet Theatre. In 2001, Mr. Tang led members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philadelphia Singers in the nationally broadcast American debut of British tenor Russell Watson for PBS.
In 1996, David Tang was hand selected to serve as assistant conductor and back-stage conductor for the 50th anniversary performances of Britten’s Peter Grimes at the Tanglewood Festival, where he worked closely with Seiji Ozawa and Robert Spano. Mr. Tang received degrees in orchestra and opera conducting from the University of Michigan School of Music, choral conducting from the Yale School of Music, and philosophy from Yale College. Mr. Tang has worked closely or studied with many of the other leading conductors of our time, including Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, and Larry Rachleff. His major teachers include Kenneth Kiesler, Gustav Meier, Marguerite Brooks and Fenno Heath.
David Tang grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where he studied piano, trumpet and french horn. He and his wife, True, currently live in Charlotte, NC.