David SimmonsDavid Simmons has been the artistic director and conductor of the 100-voice Congressional Chorus in Washington, DC since 2006.  He became the founding artistic director of American Youth Chorus in 2008 and the founding director of the 24 member a cappella Congressional Chamber Ensemble in 2012, the same year he assumed the leadership of the NorthEast Senior Singers.  An accomplished pianist and church organist, David has been playing professionally since the age of 14.  David has conducted for many DC area companies including the Washington National Opera and the Washington Savoyards, at numerous venues, including The White House, US Capitol Building, State Department, Library of Congress, National Archives, The National Building Museum, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Round House Theater, the Harman Center for the Arts, the National Theatre, the Alden Theater, the Gildenhorn Theater, The Katzen Center for the Arts, Arena Stage, and the Atlas Performing Arts Center.  He was a full-time elementary and middle school choral director in Maryland for 18 years before assuming his full-time position with the Congressional Chorus in 2012.  In addition, he has worked in the education and outreach programs of numerous choral organizations, including The Washington Chorus and the Choral Arts Society of Washington. David is now leading Encore's newest chorale in Wilmington, Delaware