David Cooke (Executive Director) founded Accent Music nearly 10 years ago for the purpose of educating area youth and giving them performance opportunities outside of school. An experienced performer, David has performed extensively throughout the area. He has been featured in main stage productions with Pittsburgh Opera and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh in addition to performing in outreach programs for children. Past roles have included Little Bat in Susannah, Belfiore in La Finta Giardiniera, Edgar in Withering Heights and Lechmere in Owen Wingrave. Having held soloist positions in several area churches, he has performed a varied repertoire of sacred and secular music. Mr. Cooke earned his undergraduate degree in vocal performance from Duquesne University, holds Master’s in Arts Administration from Carnegie Mellon University, and has completed the equivalent of a Master’s in Vocal Performance. With over twenty years of experience as a singer and educator, he has developed a unique approach to teaching which has allowed him to apply classical vocal technique while instructing students in many different styles of singing. David has served as music director for hundreds of area youth in a multitude of fully staged productions, recitals and concert presentations.