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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

David Dickau

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Distinguished Faculty - David Dickau

David Dickau Biography
College of Arts and Humanities, Minnesota State University, Mankato

ddickauDavid Dickau is the Director of Choral Activities at Minnesota State, Mankato, in an area of the country known for its rich and abundant embrace of choral music.  He has conducted choirs throughout his tenure and composes frequently.  He receives several commissions each year from ensembles around the country, has completed fifty commissions and published fifty-two choral pieces.  David received the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award, and was presented the Dr. Duane Orr Outstanding Teacher Award.

“Sharing my passion with my students makes each day a true joy. My goal is to provide students and singers with musical experiences that will profoundly enrich their lives. 

As a composer, I strive to create musical poetry for a wide audience of singers, choirs, and audiences.”

David’s early influences include Robert Petker, a teacher who encouraged his career. Dr. Dickau worked as a church musician while pursuing a Master’s Degree at Northwestern University, and taught for two years at South High School in Bakersfield, California, where he received the Outstanding Teacher Award.  David completed his doctorate in Choral Music at the University of Southern California in 1986, and met two mentors who would have the greatest influence on his work:  Rodney Eichenberger (choral conducting) and Morton Lauridsen (composition).  During this time, David conducted the first of six performances at ACDA national and regional conferences.

 Dr. David Dickau writes about his unique composing experiences at  Click “Thoughts on Composing.”



Awards and Grants:

Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award
Dr. Duane Orr Outstanding Teacher Award
Outstanding Graduate in Church Music
Mueller Award


“Dresden Canticles” (rebuilding of Frauenkirche in Dresden, Germany)
“View From the Air” (70th anniversary of Charles Lindburgh’s trans-Atlantic flight)
For more of David’s compositions:


Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, MSU, Mankato
Magnum Chorum, Twin Cities


American Choral Directors Association

National Repertoire and Standards Chair,
President of MN ACDA for one term
Numerous performances across the country

Recent Commissions:

“The Road Not Taken,” by Robert Frost for Men’s and Mixed Chorus (Twin Cities Men’s Chorus 10th anniversary celebration)
“O Vos Omnes,” a capella (Oregon ensemble concert tour of Irish cathedrals)

For more of David’s commissions: