David K. MacIntyre is a composer based in Vancouver, Canada. "MacIntyre is a new opera pioneer," says the Vancouver Sun newspaper. He has written over one hundred and fifty works for instruments and voices including opera, music theatre, orchestra, choral, chamber music, art song, site-specific performance and music integrated with dance and theatre projects. In 1979, he accepted an invitation to join the faculty of the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University (SFU) where he co-founded the program in contemporary music. For 38 years, he taught courses in music composition and interdisciplinary collaboration while supporting the School's administrative structure as chair of the Music Program for 21 years and chair of the Graduate Program for eight years. He retired from SFU in 2017 as Professor Emeritus and he devotes his full energies to writing music.

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His music has been performed and broadcast throughout Canada and the United States as well as Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Russia, Scotland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and United Kingdom.

Dedicated to the creation of music for the stage, David K. MacIntyre has collaborated with some of Canada’s most intriguing artists including playwrights Hiro Kanagawa, Stephen Miller, Tom Cone (1947-2012) and poet Robin Blaser (1925-2009); choreographers Karen Jamieson, Judith Garay, Lola MacLaughlin (1952-2009), and Jean-Pierre Perreault (1947-2003). He has set words by leading Canadian poets Tom Wayman, Clea Roberts, Al Purdy (1918-2000) and Robin Skelton (1925-1997). And he has created operas and music theatre works on words by writers Tom Cone, Stephen Miller, Hiro Kanagawa, Robin Blaser, Jean Anouilh (1910-1987), Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) and Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861).

He lives in Vancouver with his wife, Catherine Josephine Lubinsky, a former dancer turned clothing designer. He works pretty much all the time and lives in gratitude for his good fortune.