David Vance holds honours degrees in English Literature (UNSW) and in music performance (Sydney) and pursued further musical studies as an accompanist and conductor in Italy, Austria and England. He taught at the University of Sydney and the NSW Conservatorium of music before his appointment in 1982 by the University of Wollongong with a specific brief to develop musical activities on campus. When he retired in 2012 as an Associate Professor, his contribution to the musical life of the University was recognised in the award of an Honorary Fellowship.
David has performed with some of Australia’s leading artists over many years and has broadcast and recorded chamber music for the ABC. He remains active as a concert artist, frequently appearing with local musicians and orchestral programs.
David has had a long association with the Illawarra Choral Society, dating back to 1975 when he was appointed its official accompanist. Since then, he has variously accompanied and conducted the choir, frequently in programs of major choral-orchestral works including Mozart Requiem, Haydn’s oratorio, The Creation, Beethoven’s Mass in C and Orff’s Carmina Burana, often in collaboration with The University Singers, the chamber choir he founded in 1978.