David Legg holds a B.A. in Music Education from Liberty University as well as a M.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from New York University. David taught in the public school system for eleven years where his choirs won numerous awards on both the state and national level. During his time as an educator Mr. Legg instructed at the secondary and collegiate levels, received several honors for excellence in teaching and was the chairman of the West Virginia Music Educators State Show Choir Festival. David has choreographed and arranged music for many top ranking show choirs throughout the United States.
1. Please describe your basic setup. (Your technical setup as well as the physical space that you work in.)
Laptop connected to keyboard and large screen monitor. Desk looks out a window for sunlight and sanity. A corkboard covered with inspirational quotes. File cabinet, book shelf, black and white pics that I took on a visit to Venice.
2. What is your process for brainstorming or inspiration-seeking as you start a new arrangement?
Of course, ask as many questions as possible from the client on their wants/needs, strengths/weaknesses of the choir, use in the show, instrumentation, etc. Listen to original and any covers that may be out their. Jump in and see where the creative process takes me.
3. What is your go-to snack and/or drink when arranging?
Typically have a cup of coffee or water. Don’t really snack while arranging.
4. What is one thing you wish you would have known when you started arranging?
Pleasing yourself creatively and what the client wants are not always the same thing – listen to your client.
5. What is your favorite shortcut or time-saving trick in your notation software?
Hard to answer because I think I have been using Finale so long that I do shortcuts without realizing they are short cuts. Cut and paste obviously can be a huge time-saver… especially with percussion/set parts.
6. What is a favorite arrangement of yours?
7. How can people get ahold of you?
Website: Coming in May!