David McGown pursues early music as an avocation/second career in parallel with his employment as marine engineer in a Washington, DC area naval architecture/marine engineering firm. He grew up playing trumpet and French horn from grade school through college. He discovered the recorder his freshman year at Virginia Tech, which ignited a lifelong passion for early music, taking up the cornetto as well as other renaissance wind instruments in the school’s Collegium Musicum. He holds degrees in both music and mechanical engineering.
While in college he helped found the New River Consort in Blacksburg, performing in public concerts throughout Virginia, and also performed in a Renaissance band at Busch Gardens, in Williamsburg, VA. After a 25 year hiatus from active music pursuits, returned to study recorder in earnest. David is a student of Gwyn Roberts, with masterclass instruction by Saskia Coolen, Reine-Marie Verhagen, Marian Verbruggen, members of the Flanders Recorder Quartet, and others. He is a regular attendee of the Amherst Early Music Festivals and workshops, taking full advantage of the instructional and growth opportunities.
David is very active musically in the Washington, DC area, playing in several local ensembles including Sine Nomine, Consort Anon, 12th Street Consort, and Concerto Degli Imperfetti. He has performed at the Apostolic Nunciature, various area Washington/Baltimore area churches, at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, and at the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival in 2016. He co-directs the Washington Recorder Society and is President of Capitol Early Music, a Washington D.C. non-profit that sponsors concerts and workshops by professional early music performers for the benefit of D.C. area early music amateurs and enthusiasts.