David R. Thye is a passionate conductor, educator, lecturer and clinician. While inspiring excellence through discipline and musical integrity, Dr. Thye consistently delivers cutting-edge “live” performances with sincerity, focus and enthusiasm.
Dr. Thye is the conductor of the Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale (the principal chorus of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra). In addition to his work with Southwestern, Thye is principal associate conductor with MidAmerica Productions in NYC. Having received his B.A. degree in music education and voice from the University of Sioux Falls, Thye began his teaching career as a public school choral director. He earned both M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He has studied with such noted teachers as Eph Ehly, Weston Noble, and many others.
Under Thye’s baton, various high school, collegiate and professional choral organizations have been selected to perform in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City. In May 2011, Thye conducted the Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale, in conjunction with the Southwestern Singers, in premiering two works at Avery Fisher Hall. The two works, Peace Ascends and Excursion, were composed by Southwestern Seminary's own Dr. Stephen Johnson and Dr. William "Mac" Davis, respectively. As well as the premiere pieces, the chorale also had the honor of performing W.A. Mozart's Requiem. In recognition of his outstanding success, the University of Sioux Falls presented him with its Alumni Pacesetter Award.
As an advocate for outstanding sacred music, Dr. Thye has been a significant force for musical excellence in the church. He has been director of music and worship in several churches with weekly attendance ranging up to 5,000 people. Thye presently serves as the worship arts pastor at First Baptist Church in Justin, Texas.