David Rentz is Associate Professor of Music at Chaffey College, where he heads the choral and vocal music programs and teaches music theory. He also taught and conducted choral ensembles at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Yale University, and, most recently, Pomona and Scripps Colleges. He is the artistic director of the Orchestra Collective of Orange County, choral director at the First Congregational Church of Riverside, co-conductor of C3LA (Contemporary Choral Collective of Los Angeles), and resident conductor of the Chamber Opera Players of Los Angeles. He also served as music director of the Orange County Symphony from 2011 to 2016. From 2005 to 2010, he lived in New York City, where he served as choral director at The Brearley School, a K-12 girls preparatory school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and was a principal conductor and co-founder of C4: the Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, a collectively-run ensemble devoted to performing works written in the last twenty-five years.
Dr. Rentz received his B.Mus. summa cum laude from Washington University in Saint Louis, where he was a Mylonas Scholar in the Humanities, earned his M.M at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and received his M.M.A. and D.M.A. from the Yale University School of Music, where he was director of the University Chapel Choir and a member of the internationally-renowned Yale Schola Cantorum. He has received fellowships and grants from the Yale alumniVentures program and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was part of the 2011 Oregon Bach Festival Master Class in Choral Orchestral Conducting. In 2015, he was named guest professor at Xiamen University (China) and recently served as lead adjudicator in the Lansum International Choir Competition.