Dakota Pederson

From Wind Repertory Project
Dakota Pederson


Dakota Pederson (b. 10 September 1999, Cedar Lake, Ind.) is an American composer and student.

Mr. Pederson started playing clarinet young, but became interested in composition at an early age. He first began by writing concert band works for his middle school band, where he had his first world premiere. He would then go on to have two more world premieres: one with the NWI Youth Symphony Orchestra, and another with his high school band. Since then, his most successful composition, Spring Dances, would go on to win the first annual MakeMusic Young Composers Contest in 2017. Since then, Dakota has continued to write concert band works while he pursued his degree in music education at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

Pederson receive the 2021 Association of Concert Bands Young Composers Composition Award.

Works for Winds


  • Dakota Pederson website Accessed 17 December 2020
  • "Young Composer Finally Receives His Award." ACB [Assocation of Concert Bands] Journal, Vol. 41, no. 2, June 2022, pp. 10-11.