Throughout the two years I studied with David Singer at Montclair State University I gained a new kind of confidence and joy in my music making. He gave constructive and motivational musical support and always made himself available to help his students during and outside of our lessons. I truly looked forward to working with him as often as possible, and it was a great pleasure to have him as my teacher.
Megan Alston, Music Education/Performance Major – Montclair State University
It was a cold and rainy morning in February as I made my way from the campus of Montclair State University in New Jersey to the Buffet Studio in midtown NYC. My teacher, Mr. David Singer, was meeting me there to help me pick out a new A clarinet. Not only was this world-famous performer my teacher, but he was also taking time from his busy performance and teaching schedule to help me. I realized, at that moment, that truly great teachers care, take time and make their students feel special. I felt “special” that day and every day since.
Thinking that I might be too early, I made my way up to the studio. Mr. Singer was waiting for me with six clarinets that he had chosen for me to try. I shouldn’t have been surprised. Mr. Singer was always waiting for me and all of his students after wind symphony, orchestra or recital performance to offer congratulations or encouragement. Even though he has retired from MSU he advises and mentors me… “Never stop playing; never stop listening to great players.”
Mr. Singer is so much more than a great performer and teacher. He is an extraordinary person and my very good friend.
Tessa Lynn Dolce, Music Education Major – Montclair State University
David Singer was my clarinet professor at MSU for several years. The artistry and mastery with which he performs puts him in a class of his own and he has been a tremendous inspiration to me for many years. Mr. Singer has always managed to find the perfect balance between performing and recording among the world’s most premiere musicians, and introducing a nervous young student to their first masterclass setting, or the proper practice techniques at any level, all with style and a graceful ability to put people at ease. Whether a student is age 10, 18 or 32 they will benefit from his versatility and wealth of experience. His patience and sensitivity are some of his most powerful tools in creating not only his own beautiful music, but in the music played beautifully by those he has influenced. That, I believe, is the key to his successful legacy, and one which I aspire to pass forward to my own students now.”
Karen Fisher, MSU ’97, freelance professional clarinetist and teacher