A published author, composer and music theorist, David Fick is a native of Tacoma, Washington. He is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, where he completed both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music composition. His teachers at USC included James Hopkins, Frank Ticheli and Stephen Hartke. He later joined the faculty of USC's Thornton School of Music, where he taught music theory and composition from 1997 to 2009. During the mid-1990s, he worked for the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a program anotator.
As a composer, David Fick has received commissions from the Tacoma Youth Symphony ("Abstractions of Waltz," 1995), the American Youth Symphony ("Dance Prelude," 1996) and the Armadillo String Quartet (". . . the wiry concord that mine ear confounds. . . ." 1998). From 1998 through 2001 he was the composer-in-residence with the Wild Ginger Philharmonic, for whom he composed "allusions/elusions/illusions" (1999), and "Diferencias" (2001).