Dr. David Dickau is a choral conductor and composer residing in Boise, Idaho. He retired in May 2019 from a career as Director of Choral Activities at Minnesota State University, Mankato. As a part of his duties, Dr. Dickau conducted the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers and taught conducting and composition. David was granted the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award in 2008 and in 2009 was given the Teacher of the Year Award at the university. Dr. Dickau was presented with the F. Melius Christiansen award for Lifetime achievement by ACDA of Minnesota in 2022.
Dr. Dickau holds advanced degrees in Choral Music from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA.) He has taught choral music on both the high school and college levels and has conducted community and church choirs. He also served as music director of Magnum Chorum, a Twin Cities-based St. Olaf alumni choir.
David has been an active member of the American Choral Director's Association, having served as a national Repertoire and Standards Chair from 1987 to 1991. He has been a clinician at ACDA national and regional conventions and has conducted several regional festivals. He also served as President of ACDA of Minnesota. Dr. Dickau has performed at four national ACDA conventions.
David has filled over eighty commissions that have included Dresden Canticles, composed in honor of the rebuilding of the Frauenkirche in Dresden, Germany, “View from the Air” commissioned by the Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation in honor of the seventieth anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s historic trans-Atlantic flight, and Effortlessly in honor of the centennial celebration of the Archdiocese of Des Moines.