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Hi I'm Dale

I'm the Director of a School of Music at a large public university in the southeast US. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I started clarinet in the 2nd grade and later earned university degrees in music performance, music theory, and historical musicology. I studied orchestra conducting, performed as a youth clarinet soloist with orchestras, played keyboards in a dance band, and was an Assistant Conductor at a summer opera festival, the US agent for an orchestra in Mexico, guest conducted, and served a two-year mission for the LDS Church in Germany. I met my future wife when we both played in the opera pit for a student production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte. I have taught on four university campuses and now live in the southeastern US—for the past seven years I have been Director of two different Schools of Music. My family lived in Germany in the late 1980s while I was a visiting research scholar. I’ve spent much time in Italy, digging through old, dusty libraries, studying Italian 18th-century opera, and several editions I have made have been performed in European opera houses. I’m married to the kindest and most beautiful person I know. We have five children, who now live all across the country with their own families; we have nine (soon eleven) grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

From my own experience, I know it is possible to receive a spiritual witness of truth, through the Holy Ghost. The steps are simple—learn and understand, pray with a sincere heart (seeking the truth), live the principles that Christ taught, and then listen. I followed those steps while a teenager and received an answer. I learned that revelation from God of the reality of Jesus Christ—that he lives, knows us individually, and answers prayer—is something available to everyone, not just the charismatic, the wealthy, or the intellectual.

How I live my faith

Everyone must sometime decide, for themselves, what the most important questions of life are and how to answer them. For me, those answers come from my deep knowledge of the reality of God, our Heavenly Father. My religion is not a social club, a philosophy, or a convenience, but a knowledge of a clear reality, a 24/7 commitment. It guides and influences my daily choices and relationships with others. I have a deep and fundamental belief that the Light of Christ is in the hearts of all men and women, and seek to reflect that in my own life. I love to study the scriptures. The promises that LDS temples provide, of families sealed together forever, is a great comfort and influence in my life. I love music as one way to spread beauty throughout the world.