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Daniel Morel

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Daniel Morel


Daniel Morel (b. 1981, Denver, Colo.) is an American composer.

Daniel holds two bachelor's degrees (music, computer science) from Bucknell University and a master's (composition) from The Hartt School of the University of Hartford. Composition teachers include Robert Carl, William Duckworth, Stephen Gryc, Cherise Leiter, Conrad Kehn, Larry Alan Smith, and Ken Steen. Mr. Morel has also participated in master classes with Lawrence Dillon, Jennifer Higdon, and Judith Shatin. He is currently in the DMA program at University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Garnering commissions and performances across the United States, his music reflects myriad literary and natural interests. His works are permeated with the Western sensibilities of his Colorado upbringing, drawing on influences ranging from prairie thunderstorms to classic American poetry.

Mr. Morel’s recent projects include premieres with the Seasons Festival Orchestra in Yakima, Wash., and the Wintergreen Festival in Charlottesville, Va. He has been fortunate to work with such groups as the Connecticut based choir CONCORA; the Cherry Creek Chorale (Colorado); the Longfellow Chorus (Maine); and the West End Brass Quintet.

Mr. Morel has received awards and honors from the Mizzou New Music Initiative, Byrdcliffe Guild, the City of Hartford, the Hartt School, the Longfellow Chorus, University of Missouri – Kansas City, and the Colorado State Music Teacher’s Association, among others. Recent premieres include works for the Cherry Creek Chorale, Cuatro Puntos, Hartford Opera Theater, and Seasons Festival Orchestra.

In addition to composing, Daniel serves as an advocate for contemporary music. He directed a coffeehouse music series for Bucknell University, acted as head of productions on the board for the Cherry Creek Chorale, and currently serves as director of the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra.

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