David M. Gordon (b. 1976) holds a Ph.D. in music composition from the University of Chicago, as well as B.M. and M.M. degrees in composition from Northern Illinois University. His principal composition teachers include Shulamit Ran, Marta Ptaszynska, and Jan Bach. Gordon has written works for a variety of performers and ensembles, including eighth blackbird, the Pacifica Quartet, the Chicago Sinfonietta, Contempo, the Quey Percussion Duo, Aguavá New Music Ensemble, pianists Paul Sánchez and Daniel Paul Horn, soprano Kayleen Sánchez, saxophonist Joren Cain, and steelpan virtuoso Liam Teague. His music has also been featured at numerous distinguished venues and events, including the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, the Ojai Music Festival, the Caramoor Music Festival, the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Deer Valley Music Festival, Chicago's Symphony Center and Millennium Park, and Philadelphia's Kimmel Center. Presently, Gordon serves on the faculty of Wheaton College (Illinois), where he teaches both composition and music theory.