Composer and pianist David Schober studied at the Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Michigan, and Yonsei University in South Korea. Recognition for his composition work includes a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Theodore Presser Foundation grant, the Aaron Copland Awards, and the Wayne Peterson Composition Prize. He has received commissions from the Minnesota Orchestra, the Naumburg Foundation, the Fromm Foundation, and the BMI Foundation/Carlos Surinach Fund. “Split Horizon,” his concerto for the sextet eighth blackbird, was premiered by the American Composers’ Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and has been performed by the Utah Symphony and the IRIS Orchestra. He received the 2010 Sylvia Goldstein Award from Copland House for “Empty Shells,” a work for violin and piano, and spent the spring 2010 semester as an artist fellow at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. He wrote an analytical dissertation on the music of George Perle and is a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York City.