was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1945. He is a composer,
harpsichordist, and educator. Deason received his B.M. in 1967 from
Florida State University where he studied with John Boda and Harold
Schiffman, and his M.M. degree from Juilliard in 1968, where he studied
with Roger Sessions and Lester Trimble.
Deason taught at Lander College
from 1969 to 1970. He became an assistant professor at Caldwell College in
New Jersey in 1977, as well as teaching for the New School for Social
Research in New York beginning in 1978.
He has received awards from Meet
the Composer and ASCAP. Orchestral works include a piano concerto,
selected by competition for performance by the Columbia Philharmonic
Orchestra in 1970, and Baleen for guitar, quarter-tone harpsichord
and orchestra. Deason has also written many works for keyboard, and the
majority of his works are for chamber winds, used in many different
Deason earned a Doctorate degree from Ohio State University and has spent
much of his recent years life teaching music theory, counterpoint, and
jazz at various colleges and universities. Now living in Oregon, Dave, his
wife Mary, and their Scottish Terriers have explored many regions of the
state with the fascination that continues to enthrall many others. Dave's
recent piano music is published by Castleridge Music Studios.