As a prolific writer of vocal and instrumental music, Daniel Elder (b. 1986) ties these genres together to create forms and aesthetics that are at once lyrical and textural, drawing its roots, particularly from the impressionist movement. Critics have hailed his works as “deeply affecting” and "without peer," with emotional evocations ranging from lush lyricism to jagged polyphony. Daniel’s compositions have earned recent recognition from The American Prize, The Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, Cantus, and many others, including a recording by the Grammy-award-winning Eric Whitacre Singers made at Abbey Road Studios as part of their 80th Anniversary Anthem Competition. The first commercial album of Daniel's choral works, "The Heart's Reflection: Music of Daniel Elder," was released in October 2013 by Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ) and Naxos of America, and debuted at #53 on the overall classical Billboard chart. Daniel currently resides in Nashville, TN as a full-time freelance composer. He is published around the world by renowned houses such as Carus Verlag, Edition Peters, GIA Publications, Walton Music, and others, while also self-publishing his newest releases directly through J.W. Pepper. More information may be found at www.danieleldermusic.com.
Consider booking Daniel today for any of the following:
1. New music commissions for a wide variety of ensembles. He has written critically-acclaimed works tailored to difficultly levels spanning from beginner to professional, and extensive experience with high schools and colleges in between. If desired, he is capable of furnishing original texts alongside his choral music for a more custom fit to any concert program. Visit www.danieleldermusic.com/contact to see commission rates and other detailed information.
2. Choral masterclasses, focused on the in-depth teaching of his repertoire directly to the ensemble, intuitively alongside the conductor, providing not only vocal problem-solving and musical knowledge of his work but also compositional insight into its purpose. This type of session is perfect for a final rehearsal before a performance. Complete a Contact Form at www.danieleldermusic.com/contact to request a date for a masterclass.
3. Residencies centered around a performance involving multiple events including roundtable discussions and Q&A sessions. These work particularly well in conjunction with the premiere of a commissioned work, but can augment the experience of any performance for both performers and audience. While in residence Daniel is available for speaking about his work in the classroom setting as well, primarily in the field of music theory. Complete a Contact Form at www.danieleldermusic.com/contact to request dates for residency.