David Martynuik

  • David MartynuikProfessor

    • Director, IUP Marching Band
    • Theory and Composition

    Contact Info

    Courses

    • IUP Marching Band
    • Theory
    • Composition
    • Marching Band Techniques

    Degrees

    • PhD, Florida State University
    • MM, University of Michigan
    • BA, College of New Jersey

    Biography

    Professor Martynuik has been a faculty member in the department of music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania since 2001, where he teaches theory, composition, orchestration, and directs the marching band. His music has been performed across the United States and in Asia. His most recent collaborations have included composing music for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Dance Company fall 2019 production of STARGAZER and the 2018 production of Henri Rousseau: Tales of the Tropics. The Barkada Saxophone Quartet (grand prize winners of the 2013 Fischoff Chamber Music competition) premiered his “Alta Vita,” quintet for piano and saxophones in November 2016 with pianist Anastasia Antonacos. Of late his The wind and the rain… Five Bagatelles for Violin and Piano was awarded honorable mention by Kalediscope Arts and is slated for performance by Duo Chromatica in the near future. He also completed a commission for the Galan Piano Trio, based in Athens Greece. Other recent compositions include Slablóblian Folk Suite for the Eastern Standard Trio, Silva Noctis, sonata for cello and piano, and the completion of The Garden of Life (texts by Louise Glück) for mezzo soprano Jessica Renfro.

    Opportunities for composing for film included music for the MLB production of Intersecting Sparks. The film was a Silver Winner at the 2013 Davey Awards, received a recognition of excellence at the 2014 National Broadcasting Society Convention in Hollywood, California, was selected for the 2015 National Communications Association Film Festival, and has been shown on PBS stations throughout the country. In 2013 the Pittsburgh-based Unseam’d Shakespeare Company commissioned six songs for their production of the Davenant and Dryden production of The Tempest. In a review of the performance, one of the songs for Ariel was “not only humorous, but somehow sublime” (6/15/2013). In addition, he provided music for the fall 2015 Theater-by-the-Grove production of Qui Nguyen’s She Kills Monsters and the 2017 production of Twelfth Night.

    He is currently at work on a ballet score based on poems and short stories of Edgar Allen Poe, titled Phantasmagoria, which he is co-directing with Holly Boda-Sutton and will be presented by the IUP Dance Theater Company in November 2020. His catalog and selected recordings are available at davidmartynuik.com.

    Links

    IUP Marching Band