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David J. Westfall Recognized by Marquis Who's Who for Music Composition

Mr. Westfall has taught and composed numerous piano and orchestral pieces during a career of over 40 years

Mr. Westfall has recently been concentrating on writing new pieces, which include "Ode to the American Spirit," an orchestral work inspired by the text of the hymn "God of Our Fathers."

    WOOSTER, OH, September 15, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- David J. Westfall has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Mr. Westfall initially performed piano by ear as early as the age of 6 and wrote his first piano pieces in his teenage years, submitting a march later revised by the United States Army Band. He subsequently obtained a Bachelor of Science in music composition with coursework in piano from Oberlin College in 1963. Mr. Westfall further completed coursework for an additional year studying music composition in Salzburg, Austria.

Mr. Westfall entered the U.S. Army following his graduation and served as staff arranger for the 7th Army Soldier's Chorus and the 33rd Army Band in Heidelberg, Germany. After his discharge, he earned a Master of Music in theory and composition with an applied minor in piano from West Virginia University in Morgantown in 1972. Mr. Westfall concluded his education with three years of doctorate-level graduate coursework at the University of Cincinnati.

After leaving graduate school, Mr. Westfall taught music at the University of Akron from 1976 to 1982. He later found much success as organist, choir director and accompanist at Zion Lutheran Church in Doylestown from 1984 to 2008. He continued instructing students in piano and composition at Westfall Music Instruction with his wife, opera singer Luisa Velasco, and served as accompanist for her recitals. Now retired from instructing and performing, Mr. Westfall has recently been concentrating on writing new pieces, which include "Ode to the American Spirit," an orchestral work inspired by the text of the hymn "God of Our Fathers."

Mr. Westfall attributes his success to his love and passion for music. Among his career highlights, he counts his composition works that include two operas, seven symphonies, four sets of rustic dances and eight string quartets. In the coming years, Mr. Westfall intends to continue composing.

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