David V. Montoya


Received a bachelor’s degree in music education from California State University and a master of music degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. He has taught in the Southern California public school system for 26 years, teaching both junior high and senior high school music.

Currently, he is teaching as a member of the La Habra High School HiARTS program where he directs the choirs and teaches guitar. He also founded and directed the one and only La Habra High School Ukulele Ensemble. This ensemble has appeared in newspapers and on television, was a featured performance at the 9th annual Southern California Ukulele Festival, and played on stage with Bill Tapia and Janet Klein. Montoya was named LHHS Teacher-of-the-Year. He also teaches choir concurrently at Sunny Hills High School as a member of the Conservatory of the Fine Arts.

As a composer Montoya’s music, including African Processional: “Jambo rafiki yangu,” has been performed throughout the world by high schools, colleges, churches, and such prestigious groups as the United States Air Force Singing Sergeants, El Cafe Chorale (Costa Rica), the Kansas City Chorale, Louisiana State University A Cappella Choir, the Philippine Chamber Singers, and the Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale. His compositions range from a cappella and accompanied choral music (from the silly to the sacred) to works for solo voice, guitar, piano, harp, brass, ukulele, and even harmonica.