Dan Forrest is the most sought after choral composer in the United States today. His music is so sensitive and beautiful making his work as wonderful to listen to as it is to sing. Dan’s music takes you on a spiritual journey and moves your soul in profound and powerful ways.
Composer, educator, and pianist Dan Forrest (b. 1978) was born in Elmira, NY, in 1978. He holds a doctoral degree in composition from the University of Kansas, and is a professor of music at Bob Jones University, where he serves as Department Head of Music Theory and Composition. His compositions include choral, wind band, orchestral, and chamber works.
Dan’s choral works have received numerous national and international awards and distinctions, including the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award, the ACDA Raymond Brock Competition, the ALCM Raabe Prize, Meet The Composer grants, and several others. His “A Basque Lullaby” for wind band was included in the recently-released Volume 8 of the well-known Teaching Music Through Performance In Band series. His music has been performed in leading venues across the country and around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, and on NPR’s “Performance Today.” Three full-length recordings of his choral music have been produced to date.
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, and serves on the editorial board of The Artistic Theologian. Dan keeps a full schedule of commissions, workshops, and residencies with churches and universities, and remains active as an accompanist and recording producer. More information about Dan and his music can be found at www.danforrest.com.
The Festival Singers of Florida perform “Good Night, Dear Heart” by Dan Forrest, at The Church of St Paul the Apostle in New York City in April 2011.
Carol of Joy – University of Utah Combined Choirs