David Karp, well-known pianist, composer and pedagogue, has distinguished himself as one of today's leading composers of piano teaching materials. He has received numerous commissions and awards and is in frequent demand as a judge and clinician for conventions and contests. Dr. Karp holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Colorado. He has been a member of the Southern Methodist University piano faculty since 1975, teaching courses in piano performance, jazz improvisation, and class piano techniques for the college teacher. Kilgore College hosts the "David Karp Piano Festival" each year.