DR. David Conley, Faculty Director
Dr. David Conley is a Lecturer in Music, where he teaches music courses and directs two select ensembles which perform popular a cappella music: Tigeroar and TakeNote. He recently completed his doctoral studies, and also holds a Master’s degree from Erskine and a B.A. from Clemson.
While a Clemson undergrad, Dr. Conley was the student conductor and accompanist for the Clemson choral ensembles and has stayed involved since that time as an arranger and teacher. He helped Dan Rash with the founding of Tigeroar in 1997. He was initially the principal arranger for the group, where his early credits included their signature song, “Tiger Rag”, and many others. He then stayed involved over the years, initially writing arrangements and helping out part-time with Dr. Rash. In 2008, he was hired as the full-time choral director for the group after Dr. Rash’s retirement from the choral department.
Dr. Conley also holds an adjunct faculty position at Erskine College, where he conducts the chamber orchestra and teaches courses in music theory, arranging, church music and creativity. He is active in the community as well, working as the music director and pianist for Young Memorial Presbyterian Church in Anderson. He is also the founder of Inklings Abroad, an international travel seminar with summer trips to England and Europe. Additionally, he is a freelance composer and arranger, with hundreds of songs produced for churches, school/college ensembles and community orchestras. On the performance side, he plays piano in the jazz/blues band, Sonic Bacon; and various folk instruments in the Celtic ensemble, Emerald Road. He lives in Clemson with his wife, Michelle, and their children, Wilson and Elyse. He enjoys music, reading, sports and all things British!