During the Fall of 2013, David was a facilitator and coach of the USC (University of Southern California) Chamber Orchestra, guiding the students in rehearsals for their opening concert which they performed without a conductor. Working without a conductor enabled the students to be directly involved with virtually all decisions in the music making process including giving their own cues, interpretation of the music, dynamics, tempi, and balance.
It was particularly interesting to watch the students as they found their way in this new system of creating music together. There was a tangible movement into a sense of self-direction. The students performed beautifully both on stage, during their final performance, and off, where they practiced balancing leadership and listening — effective collaboration.