David began playing the viola at age 10 in his hometown of Lawton, Oklahoma. His primary teacher was Wayne Crouse, Principal Violist with the Houston Symphony and Professor of Viola at the University of Oklahoma. He studied chamber music with Akira Endo, Michael Ma, Sally O’Reilly, and Janos Starker. David won Oklahoma’s Buttram String competition in 1989 and OU’s Sutton Chamber Music Award in 1992. He performed with the Lawton Philharmonic and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and after moving to Seattle in 1994 for graduate work in English at the University of Washington, David performed with Philharmonia Northwest, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Federal Way Symphony, and the Lumiere String Quartet. David earned his Ph.D from the University of Washington in 2001 and began teaching English at Cal Poly in 2002. Since moving to the Central Coast, he has served as principal violist for Opera San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria Philharmonic, San Luis Obispo Master Chorale, and performed with PCPA, Lompoc Pops Orchestra, and Symphony of the Vines.