Dan Forrest has been described as “a composer of substance” (Columbus Dispatch), whose works are have been hailed as “…magnificent, very cleverly constructed sound sculpture” (San Francisco Classical Voice), and “superb choral writing…full of spine-tingling moments” (Salt Lake Tribune). Born in 1978, Dan is a pianist-turned-composer whose music has already established a lasting presence in the U.S. and abroad.
Dan’s choral works have received numerous awards and distinctions, including the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award, the ACDA Raymond Brock Award, Meet The Composer grants, the Raabe Prize, the Donald Sutherland Endowment award, and many others. His “A Basque Lullaby” for wind band was included in Volume 8 of the well-known Teaching Music Through Performance In Band series. His music has been broadcast on NPR’s “Performance Today”, and has been performed in leading venues across the country and around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center.
Recent and upcoming performances of Dan’s music include the premiere of Entreat Me Not To Leave You at the 2012 World Choral Symposium in Argentina; a new setting of the Navy Hymn commissioned for a President’s Day memorial concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; Himenami, commissioned by the Tenjo Hanabi choir (Osaka, Japan) in memorial of the Japanese tsunami; two premieres at the 2013 National ACDA conference in Dallas; and a commission for the Westminster Choir College Readings and Carols in Princeton Chapel, December 2013. His new major work, Requiem for the Living, received overwhelming acclaim at its premiere in March 2013, and is scheduled for numerous upcoming performances across the US and around the world, including multiple performances in Carnegie Hall in 2014.
Dan has a choral series in his name with Hinshaw Music and serves as associate editor at Beckenhorst Press. He has served as an adjudicator for numerous composition contests (including the John Ness Beck Foundation and the Southern Division MTNA), has been recognized in Who’s Who In America multiple times, and currently serves on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal The Artistic Theologian. Dan keeps a full schedule of commissions, workshops, and residencies with universities, churches, and community choirs, and remains active as an accompanist and recording producer.
Dan holds a doctoral degree in composition from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in piano performance. He is a former professor of music at Bob Jones University, where he served as Department Head of Music Theory and Composition for several years.
More information about Dan and his music can be found at www.danforrest.com.