Play Out! is a TPMS effort surrounding this year's theme, «Raise Your Voice and Let It Shine.” On June 28th, TPMS instructor David Sands will be advocating for his cello students by performing works by some of classical music's most celebrated LGBT composers; telling his story through their unique voices in history.
A native of Aurora, IL, David Sands began his cello studies at age 10. In 2014, he became a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago where he sat assistant principal and was a teaching artist for “CSO Connect” and the Chicago Youth and Music Festival.
As a recording artist, David has participated in studio work for the film Chi-raq and can be heard on the track Mama from the TV show Empire. He ...has appeared on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's contemporary chamber music series MusicNOW and was a recent soloist and chamber musician for “The Line-Up” at The Park at Wrigley.
David is now completing his Masters in cello performance from DePaul University, where he studies with CSO cellist Brant Taylor. There he sits principal of the symphony orchestra and serves as adjunct faculty for the Music Education Department.
As a pedagogue, David teaches at The People's Music School of Chicago, a non-profit that brings free music education to Chicago metropolitan area children. Last year he collaborated with acclaimed pianist Emmanuel Ax in a chamber music performance at the school and has since then helped rejuvenate the cello curriculum and his growing studio.