David Klassen comes to the Steinbach Arts Council with nearly 2 decades of experience as a university educator and professional musician. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Manitoba, and a Master of Music Degree from the University of Minnesota.
David has taught at several universities in Manitoba, most notably the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba, where he continues to maintain a small studio of classical voice students. Throughout his teaching career, his students have been accepted to undergraduate and graduate music programs in both Canada and the United States including University of Victoria, University of Alberta, University of Manitoba, University of Toronto, University of Ottawa, McGill, Boston Conservatory, and the New York Film Institute.
As a soloist, he has been called “Charismatic and Enthralling” (Opera Canada), “Rich” (Minneapolis Star Tribune & Winnipeg Free Press), and “A Vocal Powerhouse” (CBC). He has been engaged by many professional organizations, including the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Saskatoon Opera, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra singing Rossini’s Largo al Factotum for a Canada Day audience of thirty thousand.
David has been recognized as a “visionary” (The Carillon) in his home city of Steinbach, and has been acknowledged numerous times as one of the region’s greatest contributors to the arts. His passion lies in providing opportunities for young people, especially those interested in developing their skills through the arts. In 2015, David was nominated for CBC’s “Manitoba Future 40” award for his work throughout the province.
While working at the Steinbach Arts Council as the Director of Programming, David continues to direct, perform, teach, and adjudicate across much of western Canada. He also oversees the dedicated piano practice of his two children, Anika and Ezra, and envies their musical skills together with his wife, Tara.