David Schnell holds degrees in Vocal Performance-Opera, Conducting, and Musicology. Currently, he consults in the opera world and is the principal contributor to the reference book on opera repertoire used by professional opera companies worldwide.
He was an organist-choirmaster for the Los Angeles Diocese of the Episcopal Church for over 25 years. As a conductor, he has conducted choirs and regional orchestras through-out North America.
Before recently retiring as a singer, he sang in over 100 different operas as a member of the LA Opera Chorus, and was also heard in solo roles in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Peter Grimes, Billy Budd and Der Rosenkavalier with the company.
He also sang with Arizona Opera, Santa Fe Opera, New York City Opera, and San Diego Opera. He performed with the LA Master Chorale, Roger Wagner Chorale, and appeared as a soloist at the Ojai Festival and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His voice is heard on over 150 film soundtracks.