David A. Yeagley

David A. Yeagley

David Anthony Yeagley (born September 5, 1951) is an American composer, pianist, conservative commentator, and portrait artist. He also writes poetry and fiction, plays the Native American flute, and Gourd Dances. He lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Early life

Born in Oklahoma City, Yeagley is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, based in Lawton, Oklahoma, and claims descent from Bad Eagle, a band headman among the Kwahadi (Antelope) Comanche of West Texas. He was born to a Comanche (and part Chickasaw) mother, Norma Juanita Portillo Yeagley (1922-2005) [ [http://www.richardpoe.com/blog_single.php?rowID=481] ] (who was Bad Eagle's great-granddaughter), and a white father, Ned Carlton Yeagley. [http://www.badeagle.com/beimages/BirthCertificate2.jpg]

Yeagley began playing the piano at the age of eleven. By age thirteen, he performed the Anton Rubinstein Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Guy Fraser Harrison. In his teenage years, Yeagley composed a volume of works ranging from solo piano sonatas to choral and chamber works.


Yeagley received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Composition from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, a Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies and History from Yale University, a Master of Arts in Literature and History from Emory University (1981), an Artist Diploma in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the Hartt School of Music, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Composition from the University of Arizona (1994). For his senior recital at Oberlin Conservatory, Yeagley performed a program of his own solo piano compositions. This program was aired on radio in Connecticut, California, Michigan, Tennessee and Texas.

During his college career, Yeagley studied piano with Fernando Laires, John Perry, James Mathis, Dadi Mehta, Louis de Moura Castro, Paul Rutman, Nicholas Zumbro, Ruth Slenczynska, Alexander Uninsky, and Frank Mannheimer. He has studied composition with Daniel Asia, Krzysztof Penderecki, Richard Hoffman, and Joseph Wood.

ocial work

Yeagley worked as a child care resident counselor at St. Francis Home for Children in New Haven, Connecticut for four years (1980-1984). Following this, he was employed at the ACES Academy, a secondary level special education facility for children in Hamden, Connecticut (1985-1987). He has also held professional positions in the private elder care field.

Teaching career

Yeagley taught humanities (ancient and modern) and psychology courses at Oklahoma State University–Oklahoma City from 1996 to 2001; he taught humanities and literature at the University of Central Oklahoma from 1997 to 1998; and taught a course in humanities at the University of Oklahoma's College of Liberal Studies in 2001.

In the field of music, he has taught private music lessons to children and beginning adults, as well as serious young pianists.


In 1987 and 1995 Yeagley's musicology articles were published in "The Journal of the American Liszt Society". In addition to his musicological research, he has also published in " [http://www.persian-heritage.com/ Persian Heritage] " magazine (for which he has been a member of the editorial board since 1998). [ [http://www.persian-heritage.com/ Persian Heritage ] ] The magazine published his collection of epic poetry, entitled "Jahan-dideh", which is dedicated to the Empress of Iran, Farah Pahlavi. In 1999 Yeagley was a guest lecturer on the topic of American culture and religion at the University of Tehran and Ferdawsi University. In May 2000 he appeared in Bethesda, Maryland, at the Conference on Iranian Studies, to present a paper about Zoroaster and the Jews, which was also published in "Persian Heritage" Magazine. He presented a second paper at the May 2002 Iranian Studies Conference, also in Bethesda, Maryland, entitled "David and Darius: The Origins of Internationalism." In Fall 2000 a third paper on an Iranian subject, entitled "The Original Diaspora: A Case for Persian Jews," was distributed (but not publicly read) at The Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., at the Mihan Foundation conference "Pluralism and Religions in Iranian History and Civilization." For this paper, Yeagley received letters of praise, including one from the President and CEO of the Mihan Foundation.

Visual art

"Bad Eagle and his Descendants," an art/lecture program of Comanche history, representing the first genealogy in portraiture of a single American Indian family, beginning 1839, was presented by Yeagley at the following venues: Nation Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians in Anadarko, Oklahoma (1988); Yale University's Peabody Museum in New Haven, Connecticut (1989);cite news|accessdate= 2007-04-04 |url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=950DE7DD1E3BF93AA25751C0A96F948260&sec=health&spon=&pagewanted=print
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] the Phillips Academy's Robert S. Peabody Museum in Andover, Massachusetts (1990); President's Church in Boston, Massachusetts in (1990); and University of Arizona Art Museum in Tucson, Arizona (1994). All pencil drawings and lectures were created by Yeagley, and music was provided by Tom Mauchahty-Ware and Company, who are also descendants of the Antelope Clan of Comanche.


In 1997 Yeagley was commissioned by the New Jersey Chamber Music Society for his duo for oboe and bassoon entitled "Three Spirit Dances on the Bark of an Ancient Stump", which premiered in the Jersey City Museum as part of a concert featuring works by American Indian composers. In 1998 this work was performed in Caesarea, Israel as part of a benefit concert, including a guest appearance/lecture by Yeagley himself.

In 1999 he was commissioned by James Pellerite for a new solo sonata for traditional Northern Plains Native American flute, which was premiered at the Annual Native American Symposium at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. This, along with his "10 Etudes for Native American Flute", can be found on his 2004 album "Awakenings". He was also commissioned by José Cordero, Founder and President of the Native Sun Symphony Orchestra, to compose that organization's anthem. Yeagley's music for Native American flute has also been recorded by Timothy Archambault.

Also in 1999, Yeagley was commissioned by the late Jack P. Eisner for the world's first grand opera about the Jewish Holocaust of World War II, entitled "Jacek". Eisner was one of the last surviving leaders of the Warsaw Resistance. During a recent visit to Israel, Yeagley was appointed by Eisner to depict his published autobiography, entitled "The Survivor of the Holocaust", through the medium of a grand opera. A portion of the opera was released on CD by the Opus One label in 2005.

In October 2006, his music was performed in the Elmer and Mary Louise Rasmuson Theater at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. [ [http://www.nmai.si.edu/classical/schedule.html] ] On November 10, 2007, an entire concert at the same location was devoted to his music. [ [http://www.nmai.si.edu/cn07/schedule.html] ]

As political commentator

Yeagley, who also writes columns on political subjects, presents himself as "the only voice of conservative American Indian thought." [ [http://www.badeagle.com/ David Yeagley's BadEagle.com ] ] He is a regular contributor to David Horowitz's website FrontPageMag.com and has appeared on "The O'Reilly Factor", "Hannity & Colmes", and C-SPAN. He has been on the roster of speakers for the Young America's Foundation since 2001. [ [http://students.yaf.org/speakers/speaker_detail.cfm?speakerid=56 Conservative Speakers Program ] ] He has been outspoken in his criticism of the movement to eliminate sports mascots derived from Indigenous peoples [ [http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=19124 FrontPage Magazine ] ] [ [http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=13051 FrontPage Magazine ] ] as well as the opponents of Columbus Day. [ [http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_5038731,00.html Campers to protest Columbus Day parade : Local News : The Rocky Mountain News ] ]

He was also interviewed extensively for the History Channel program "Comanche Warriors" (first aired in November 2005). In this program he advocated a balanced sociological identification of the Plains warrior, arguing that such warriors were not just killers, but also providers and protectors.


*"The Use of Death in Hawthorne and Melville." M.A. thesis. Emory University., 1981.
*"The Historical Influence of the String Bow on Musical Notation." "The Journal of the American Liszt Society", vol. 19 (June 1986).
*"Franz Liszt's 'Dante Sonata': The Origins, the Criticism, a Selective Musical Analysis, and Commentary." D.M.A. dissertation. The University of Arizona, 1994.
*"Liszt's Dante Sonata: Origins and Criticism." "The Journal of the American Liszt Society", vol. 37 (June 1995).
*"Alam I Sugrah." "Persian Heritage", vol. 2, no. 8 (winter 1997-98), pp. 44-46.
*"Bad Eagle: The Rantings of a Conservative Comanche". R & R Publishing, 2007. ISBN 089840360X.
*"Altered States: The State of the Dead and the State of the Holy". BookSurge Publishing, 2007. ISBN 1419669753. ISBN 9781419669750.

Published scores

*"Awakening: Ten Etudes for Solo Native Flute". [Colorado Springs, Colorado] : J-P Productions, 2001.


*2004 - "Awakenings: New Music for Native American Flute by David Anthony Yeagley". James Pellerite, Native American flute. Cleveland, Ohio: Azica Records.
*2004 - "New Music for the Northern Plains Flute". Contains "Clouds of an Evening Sun". Performed by James Pellerite, Native American flute, with the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice, David Oberg, conductor. Opus One Records.
*2005 - "HaNitzol", for oboe and orchestra; "Jacek" (opera). Performed by the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, David Oberg, conductor. Opus One Records.
*2006 - "Masterworks of the New Era", Vol. 8. 2 CDs. ERM Media. Contains " Ha Nitzol" by David Anthony Yeagley. Performed by the Kiev Philharmonic, Robert Ian Winstin, conductor.
*2007 - "Visions, Dreams & Memories". Contains "Wessi vah-peh" by David Yeagley. Performed by James J. Pellerite, Native American flute, with the Moravian Philharmonic, Lawrence Golan, conductor. Albany Records.


External links

* [http://www.badeagle.com/ David A. Yeagley site]
* [http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/authors.asp?ID=15 David A. Yeagley columns] at FrontPageMag.com

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