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"Cosi fan tutte"
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|W. David-Marc Finley.............
|tenor, teacher of voice, choral conductor, liturgist
and just a really swell guy!
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I am originally from Alabama (minus the banjo on my knee) and have been living and making music in
the New England area since graduating from Yale University in 1984.
My last name in Gaelic means "fair-haired warrior" and I have tried to live up to this (at least the
fair-haired part). Well lets face it. You have to be a little bit of a warrior to cope with daily life. For me my
armor is a laugh and my shield is a smile. My weapon is my voice.
I was fortunate to have great voice teachers and mentors on my journey and God was kind to me in the
voice department. I have gotten where I am by the tutelage of these great people and my God-given
abilities. I am proud to say that I have never done anything to get ahead that would make my mother
I am a lyric tenor or some would say a "whiskey tenor". The best features of my voice are my mastery
at ornamentation, coloratura, and broad dynamic contrast especially my mezza di voce. Baroque
music performance is my forte, especially the music of J.S. Bach.
I was fortunate to have the privilege of conducting the world-famous "Yale Russian Chorus" for 6 or so
years. I have performed both as a conductor and soloist all over Russia and the countries that used to
make up the former Soviet Union as well as all over the United States and Canada.
I drifted from my purpose in life for a number of years working for "the man" at a company called
VERLIES, Inc., pedalling double-breakage snake oil to the unwitting and the half-witted. After staring
down colon cancer in the eye last year and making " IT" blink , I discovered the truest thing in life:
"Quid enim proderit homini si lucretur mundum totum et detrimentum faciat animae suae."
(What profits a man if he gain the whole world and looses his own soul). Now I am glad to report that I
am back on track. I plan to dedicate the rest of my life to music.
I have been teaching voice since 1977 and I have taught hundreds of people how to sing better and to
enjoy doing it. Many of my former students have gone on to pursue music careers both academically
Since the second Sunday of Advent, 2007 I have been the director of the schola cantorum of the Basilica
of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury, CT for the Tridentine Rite Mass.