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David Gracia hand on chin
Manager of Artist Training Programs, Carnegie Hall
New York, New York       

With Andrea Profili ’11, David co-founded WHIN in 2012, and the program has served 120 students per week since its inception. Under their leadership, WHIN has grown to including both Saturday and early childhood programming, and WHIN students spend between one and four hours each week in the program. WHIN employs 14 teachers and regularly welcomes the support of 20 volunteers, and has also formed a parent committee.

As of October 2015, David left WHIN to become the Manager of Artist Training Programs for The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. He is also the Associate Music Director of the New York Society for Ethical Culture. David previously served as Associate Music Director at Playground Sessions, a music software company co-created by Quincy Jones that uses the most advanced technology to help people learn how to play the piano.  

David was born in Zaragoza, Spain, and at an early age started his musical studies at the Infantes del Pilar’s Cathedral Boys’ Choir where he received a well-rounded education as a singer, pianist, and conductor. After pursuing piano and chamber music studies at the Music Conservatory of Zaragoza he came to New York and enrolled in the Aaron Copland School of Music of Queens College where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and a Master of Arts degree in musicology, both summa cum laude. 

He has served as an adjunct teacher at the Aaron Copland School of Music where he has taught several courses at the undergraduate level. As a piano and music teacher he has been a faculty member at both the Performing Arts Conservatory of New York and the Piano School of NYC. As a conductor, for two consecutive years he participated in the orchestral conducting program with the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra where his teachers included Paul Haas, and Mark Seto. As part of this program, he performed at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, and Kupferberg Center Performances. Recently he participated in masterclasses with Markand Thakar, Co-Director of Orchestral Studies at the Peabody Conservatory and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.