David Schildkret, Director of Music Ministries

David Schildkret is Director of Choral Activities at the ASU School of Music. Born in Brooklyn NY, he earned the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Rutgers University and master’s and doctoral degrees in choral conducting from Indiana University. He has taught at the University of Rochester (NY) and at Centre College (KY) and was dean of the School of Music at Salem College (NC) before coming to ASU in 2002. He has been the Director of Music at Scottsdale United Methodist Church since 2003 and the Music Director of the Mount Desert Summer Chorale in Bar Harbor, Maine, since 2000.

His wife of 41 years, Susan Griffin, teaches dance at South Mountain High School in Phoenix. She was recently named the 2019 National Dance Educator of the Year by the National Dance Education Organization. Susan and David have two daughters: Elizabeth holds the PhD in Theatre for Youth from ASU and is assistant manager of theatre education at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Miriam holds the DMA in voice from ASU’s School of Music and is a freelance teacher and performer. She appears regularly with Arizona Opera. Learn more at David’s website: schildkret.website.