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David Tripold PhD

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Meet David

Dr. David M. Tripold is an associate professor of music in the Music and Theatre Arts Department at Monmouth University. He received his doctorate in liturgical studies from Drew University and a Master of Music Degree in Sacred Music from Westminster Choir College of Rider University.

Professor Tripold has taught at Monmouth University since 1997. His research focuses on the repertoire and cultural climate of 19th-century American church music. Since coming to Monmouth University, Professor Tripold has taught courses in music theory, music history, music appreciation, choral conducting, group voice, music education methods, ear training, and choir. Likewise, he has conducted or trained soloists and choirs for well over 100 concerts and musical theatre productions during his tenure at Monmouth.

Collaborations that I've been involved with

His most recent publication is a book published by Eerdmans Publishing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2012, titled Sing to the Lord a New Song: Choirs in the Worship and Culture of the Dutch Reformed Church in America, 1785-1860. He is currently working on a new book on church architecture in the Reformed Church in America. Tripold is specifically fond of the independent studies that his students' can partake in, focusing on the area of American church music and culture. He is about to commence one with a student this fall on the repertoire and practices of American Conservative Jewish cantors.

Why I'm proud of Monmouth

Tripold says, "I am especially proud of The Global Understanding initiative, a vital and wide-reaching entity established at Monmouth University to connect people of different ethnic backgrounds, to breach invisible walls, and to counteract insular and unfounded points of view between people of differing ethnicities. Monmouth’s work in this regard has been groundbreaking and essential to a mission of bringing about social change through cooperation. That this work is conducted from our own college campus is a great source of pride for me as I am sure it is for all of my colleagues. Furthermore, students participate in this laudable endeavor, thus setting the stage for the next generation’s efforts in global understanding and cooperation."

My favorite Monmouth memory

One of his favorite memories involves a trip that the Music and Theatre Department took to England two years ago. They visited London, Oxford, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon.