David Owen Squires, PhD

Professor of Music
I believe teaching to be one of the highest callings, and I am blessed to have spent over four decades walking alongside so many people as they grow into who they are gifted and called to be. And as a Christian artist/composer I am nourished and fulfilled through creativity and beauty.

Long-time professor, mentor, worship curator, and composer, David Squires is Professor of Music in the School of the Arts, Media + Culture at Trinity Western University in Langley BC, Canada. David holds performance and composition degrees from University of Western Ontario and University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. (Composition) from SUNY at Buffalo. David is also a student of Celtic spirituality, and has twice spent time on the island of Iona in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, whose Celtic Christian roots go back to the sixth century. He has taught on faith and the arts across Canada, and in the United Kingdom and Taiwan; and has led numerous student and alumni tours of major European cultural centres, with a focus on arts, culture and faith. Alongside his career in the academy, David has been a worship pastor and curator for numerous churches across Canada. He composes chamber, choral, and orchestral music, for amateurs, students and professional musicians. His music has been performed across Canada, and in the United States, Eastern Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, and Taiwan. The TWU Choirs recently commissioned his sacred oratorio Gardens to be premiered in spring 2023. David can be contacted at david.squires@twu.ca, and his music found at www.davidsquires.ca and on YouTube and Soundcloud.

  • PhD, Composition (State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo; 1993)
  • MMus, Composition (University of Toronto; 1981)
  • BMus (Hons), Performance (University of Western Ontario; 1979)



Music composition and analysis, Faith and the arts, Worship

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Awards & Honors

  • Rooted and Reaching Award (administrator) (TWU; August 2013)

Recent Publications

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Affiliations & Memberships

  • Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre

  • FNDN 101 Foundations: the Liberal Arts Journey
  • MUSI 132 Music History from 1800
  • MUSI 327/328/329/427/428/429 Composition
  • WSTU 200 Worship Foundations; Worship + Leadership
  • MUSI 425 20th Century Music
  • MUSI 401/402/403 / WRSH 401 / WSTU 401/402/403 Worship Design
  • SAMC 420 Arts, Media + Culture Travel Study (London+Paris)
  • WSTU 200 Worship Foundations; Worship + Leadership