Mr. David Goettee has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, College Park with a double major in Statistics and Economics, plus a minor in voice.
He also has:
A Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Quantitative Methods;
A Master of Arts (MA) in Economics with concentrations in Econometrics and Multi-regional forecasting; and
A Master of Science (MS) in Telecommunication Management.
While his double majors in college and subsequent degrees were in the technical areas of statistics, business, economics, and telecommunications, he always remained involved in singing. He had sung in school choirs since elementary school (when public schools had music.) As a chorus member in College, among other things he had opportunities to sing at:
Casals Festival in Puerto Rico;
Carnegie Hall in New York;
Baltimore Symphony at Lyric Theater in Baltimore;
On tour around Maryland with the Baltimore Symphony; and
Numerous concerts at the University of Maryland, College Park and locations in New Jersey and Florida for Christmases, Easters, religious conventions, etc.
After minoring in voice in college, he continued studying voice privately afterward, and continued singing both in choirs and as a soloist. His continuing interest in singing led over the years to singing at a number of public service functions in Washington, DC metro area and Annapolis, MD, including:
Solist for many years for University of Maryland basketball games;
Soloist for Takoma Park, MD Independence Day patriotic exercises for many years;
Hexagon (an annual political satire in Washington, DC to have fun entertaining and to raise money for local charities);
Soloist with multiple Christmas Messiahs;
Redskins Singers (football games);
Choral groups such as the:
Southern Maryland Choral Society, now the Maryland Choral Society;
Churches, weddings, and accompanying vocals on recordings of others.
He began recording at Bias Recording Studio in 1990 with Mr. Bill McElroy, in 2001 moved to All Access Audio to continue working with Ms. Gerber-Salins, and as of 2019 is again working with Mr. Bill McElroy now at Slipped Disc.
He began work on recording Hymns and Songs for Living in 1998 with Ms. Gerber-Salins at Bias, and began writing the companion book, Hymn History Stories in 1999.
When Ms. Gerber-Salins began going to graduate school, plus parttime teaching at several schools, both her time for recording at All Access Audio and David's availability became limited. That evolved into a long hiatus from completing the Hymns and Songs for Living recording and companion book.
In parallel with the above, David had various careers in:
Public Health research;
Teaching computer science; and
At the Department of Transportation, in various administrations he was:
Information systems specialist;
Operation research analyst;
A rulemaking specialist.
In 2019 he retired from being manager of research projects with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. That allowed David to turn his full attention to the multiple activities required to complete the Hymns and Songs for Living project, including:
Final production of the audio album, Hymns and Songs for Living;
Writing final content for the companion book of Hymn History Stories;
Arranging for some form of publication for the book, including the possibility of creating an audio book;
Learning technical software details for performing:
Post production audio processing using Adobe Audition;
Layout and page design software for the book using Adobe InDesign;
Writing content, building and publishing a new website using Adobe Dreamweaver.
To compete the Hymns and Songs for Living project:
For recording and mastering studio services he returned to working with Mr. Bill McElroy, now at Slipped DISC. (David originally worked with Mr. McElroy when he was a partner at Bias.)
For completing writing the book of Hymn History Stories he devoted the needed considerable time. That effort provided the opportunity for David to explore history in more depth, and to apply his years of writing experience to crafting the 26 different hymn history stories and the summary appendix of historical events over the past 2 millenia impacting evolution of the Christian church.
Publication plans are being formulated.
Plans after completing the Hymns and Songs for Living project is to subsequently complete several other recorded albums previously started, and possibly to write companion publications to acompany them. A list of those projects is found at Recordings.
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