My Story...

Dave has (since kindergarten) always been fascinated with music. Throughout his life he has stayed in touch with his creative side and eventually gained an interest in music composition. He has composed music in various styles including contemporary choral, and jazz pieces. Commencing with his older brother's wedding, Dave has created music compositions (e.g. "generation" music) that are based upon family members and friends with each piece being linked to each other by the use of motifs and phrases from the preceding composition.

Born David Michael Aderholdt in Poughkeepsie, NY, Dave asked to take piano lessons during sixth grade and played in bands during High School. After a brief hiatus while studying Computer Science in Boston, Dave returned to taking piano lessons which culminated in a degree of Music Composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. During that time, Dave helped put together a disco band "MANGO" that played throughout New England and then spent  18 months on the road with a showband "SUNRISE" that toured the East Coast including a stint at Atlantic City's Resort International Casino. After a brief stint arranging pop music for the West Point Big Band, Dave met a Poughkeepsie, NY based group "The Cantata Singers" and composed an Easter cantata "There Is A Man" that was performed locally.  Also, a 130-voice choir performed Dave's "A Breath Of Praise" choral work at an Interfaith concert in the Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY Chapel.

Since then, much of Dave's music involvement has been as music director at St John's Roman Catholic Church in Woodstock, NY where he continues to play/conduct and arrange music each week. Dave was commissioned to write a celebration Overture for St John's 150th anniversary. Some of Dave's work (including his published work "His Alleluia") has also been performed at St John's and by the Reedemer Lutheran Church choir in Kingston, NY.


Dave looks forward to continuing his involvement with music during his upcoming retirement including submitting old and new pieces for publishing, continuing to find opportunities to share his music, (including playing at local assisted/nursing homes) and continuing to compose and record new pieces and arrangements for family and friends.