David Antony Lofton, Music Director and Choir Master, is a native Philadelphian and a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied piano with Dr. Vladimir Sokoloff, and was an accompanying apprentice of the late Todd Duncan for eight years. He also attended Westminster Choir College, where he developed his choral conducting skills. He has served as Artistic Director of Opera North Inc. (formerly Opera Ebony). He has been a recital collaborator for renowned singers including Wilhelmenia Fernandez, Marietta Simpson, Nancy Fabiola Herrera and Indra Thomas.
The list of singers with whom he has worked includes Jubilant Sykes, Frederica von Stade, Samuel Ramey, Florence Quivar, Kathleen Battle, and the late William Warfield. He served as coach/accompanist for The Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition and participated in the Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy where he was assistant conductor for a televised production of Carmen and the filming of Amahl and the Night Visitors, directed by Menotti himself.
Mr. Lofton has performed as piano soloist and is a frequent collaborator in chamber music performances. He is a member of the Ritz Chamber Players and has been a guest pianist with The Young Eight, 1807 and Friends and various other performing groups. As well as having conducted many full operatic productions, he also led a concert of operatic and symphonic music featuring the famed Harlem Boys Choir at Carnegie Hall.
He served on the faculty of The Curtis Institute of Music for ten years and is a Master Vocal Coach at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.