Daniel Powers

Daniel Powers in composer in residence, assistant principal violist, and librarian with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra.

Powers studied composition at Oberlin College and Indiana University. His teachers have included Joseph Wood, Fred Fox, Earle Brown, and Harvey Sollberger. He also studied viola with Georges Janzer.

His catalog of works includes compositions for orchestra and chamber groups, as well as songs and choral works. He has received commissions from the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (Symphony No. 2), the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (Irresistible Force), the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne (A Prayer for Freedom and Two Meditations), saxophonist Paul Bro (Riding the Wind and Peel Out!), the Indiana State University Wind Quintet (Impulse, recently recorded on CD), and others. His works have been performed on three continents, including appearances at the World Saxophone Congress, the North American Saxophone Alliance National Convention, new music festivals at the University of Missouri and Indiana State University, several regional conferences of the Society of Composers, Inc., and the Mid-America Festival of the Arts. In 2003, Powers was the first winner of the Ned Rorem Award for Song Composition.

He is married to pianist Martha Krasnican, ISU staff accompanist, who has given the premiere performances of both of his piano concertos and many other works. In addition to his activities with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Powers is a member of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and Danville Symphony Orchestra.

M.M. Indiana University;
B.M. Oberlin College.