David Francis Urrows (b. Honolulu, 1957) grew up in New York, where he was trained as a chorister and studied piano and organ with Allen Sever. He was educated at New York University, Brandeis University, the University of Edinburgh, where he studied composition under Kenneth Leighton, and Boston University, where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1987. From 1976 to 1984 he studied composition privately with Randall Thompson.
Urrows composes primarily on commission. Works of his many genres–choral pieces, orchestral works, compositions for vocal and instrumental soloists, music for chamber ensembles, and scores for the theater–have been performed in the United States, Great Britain and Asia. He has published scholarly articles and a book, the topics ranging from contemporary choral music to the history of the organ in China.
Urrows has served on the teaching faculties of Boston University, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. From 1989 to 1991 he also served as conductor of the Hong Kong Bach Choir. He now lives in Manila, Philippines.