David von Kampen is a composer based in Lincoln, Nebraska. His creative work spans a wide variety of genres and styles, including jazz, choral music, hymnody and liturgy, solo voice, chamber music, and musical theater. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kansas, and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Nebraska.
He is a six-time Downbeat Award winner in graduate-level jazz writing categories, winner of the 2014 San Francisco Choral Artists New Voices Project, winner of the National Band Association’s Young Jazz Composers Competition, and received Honorable Mention in the 2014 New York Youth Symphony First Music Commissions. He has over 40 choral and instrumental compositions and arrangements published with G. Schirmer, Walton, Concordia Publishing House, UNC Jazz Press, MusicSpoke, and others.
Von Kampen currently directs the University of Nebraska Vocal Jazz Ensemble, teaches composition at Concordia University, Neb., and serves as Music Coordinator for Blended Worship at Christ Lutheran Church in Lincoln. He is a member of ASCAP, the Jazz Education Network, and the American Choral Directors Association.