David Nesmith, instructor of horn and the Alexander Technique, has been on the faculty of Denison University since 2000. He is an alumnus of Capital University (Bachelor of Music Performance, Cum Laude) and Indiana University (Master of Music Performance, Magna Cum Laude). His primary horn teachers were Nicholas Perrini, Philip Farkas and Frøydis Ree Wekre.
David has been a member of the Cathedral Brass Ensemble (Columbus) since 1990 and the West Virginia Symphony since 1985. He served for 10 years as Principal horn of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, an award-winning ensemble specializing in the presentation and recording of new American music. An active freelance musician, he has performed with the Akron and Canton Symphonies, Columbus Broadway Series, Columbus Symphony, Cleveland Opera and Ballet Orchestras, and Pittsburgh Symphony. In the summer season, he performs with the New Hampshire Music Festival. He was formerly Principal horn of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival and a member of the Lancaster Festival Orchestra (Ohio). David was featured in an article on freelance musicians appearing in SYMPHONY magazine (Sept/Oct 2001), a national publication of the American Symphony Orchestra League.
As a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (ATI 2000), he specializes in injury prevention and performance enhancement for musicians. He has studied the Alexander Technique since 1995 with several master teachers including Barbara Conable (Portland, OR), Christine Hardy (Paris, France), Marie-Françoise Le Foll (Paris, France), Tommy Thompson (Cambridge, MA), Anne Waxman (New York, NY) and with Don Zuckerman in Breathing Facilitation work (Washington, D.C.). He recently completed John Nicholls' post-grad course, The Carrington Way of Working (NYC 2006) and Barbara Kent's post-grad course, Progress Not Perfection (NYC 2007). Additionally, he is a certified member of Andover Educators (www.bodymap.org). In this capacity he travels around the country teaching the course What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body.
David has published several articles on the Alexander Technique and Body Mapping (www.poisedforlife.com). He has presented at conferences of the International Horn Society and the Music in Healing and Transition Program.
David is an avid hiker and mambo dancer.