Dr. David Rentz

David Rentz, an accomplished choral, orchestral, and opera conductor, currently serves on the faculty of the music department of Scripps College, and is the choral director at the First Congregational Church of Riverside. From 2005 to 2010, he lived in New York City, where he was a principal conductor and co-founder of C4: the Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, a collectively-run ensemble devoted to performing works written in the last twenty-five years. He was also director of Guildsingers, a professional early music ensemble specializing in 15th-century polyphony. In addition to his work with C4 and Guildsingers, Dr. Rentz served as choral director at The Brearley School, a K-12 girls preparatory school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Dr. Rentz received his B.Mus. summa cum laude from Washington University in Saint Louis, where he was a Mylonas Scholar in the Humanities. He earned his M.M at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was director of the University Chorus and graduate conducting assistant for the University Opera. He also was the director of Cantilena, one of the choruses of the Madison Children's Choir; founding director of the Madison Yiddish Choir; and the music director of the Madison Savoyards, a longstanding Gilbert and Sullivan troupe. He received his M.M.A. and D.M.A. from the Yale University School of Music, where he was director of the University Chapel Choir and a member of the internationally-renowned Yale Schola Cantorum. He has received fellowships and grants from the Yale alumniVentures program and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was part of the 2011 Oregon Bach Festival Master Class in Choral Orchestral Conducting.