Daniel Powers


In 1995, Daniel Powers was named composer in residence with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. He has been a member of the orchestra, as assistant principal viola, since 1986, and has been the orchestra's librarian since 1989.

Powers began composing at the age of ten, and at the age of twelve took his first formal lessons with Rudi Van Dijk, then the composer in residence with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. He received a Bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and a Master's from Indiana University. His teachers have included Joseph Wood, Fred Fox, Earle Brown, and Harvey Sollberger. He has also been a viola student of Georges Janzer.

Powers' career so far has included commissions from the Bloomington Symphony (for whom he composed Irresistible Force), the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne (A Prayer For Freedom and Two Meditations for Violin and Organ), and saxophonist Paul Bro (Riding the Wind, for soprano saxophone and piano). Riding the Wind was premiered at Indiana State University's Contemporary Music Festival, and has also been heard at the North American Saxophone Alliance's national convention. He was also a runner-up in the National Association of Composers' Young Composer's Competition in 1987, for his song cycle Words Dry and Riderless.

The Terre Haute Symphony has previously performed Powers' Adagio for string orchestra, his orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, and several arrangements of Christmas carols featuring the Terre Haute Children's Choir. His Christmas carol arrangements have received performances across the country. They have been featured in performance at Carnegie Hall by the Raleigh Boys Choir, and on a CD by the Cincinnati Boys Choir.

Since becoming composer in residence, Powers has written three major works for the Terre Haute Symphony: Contrasts, premiered in November 1996; Sinfonietta, played on the children's concert in April 1997; and Reliquary, a concerto for piano and orchestra, which will be heard in March 1998, with the composer's wife, Martha Krasnican, as soloist.

As a violist, he has been a member of the Bloomington (IN) Symphony and the Evansville (IN) Philharmonic, and has appeared with many other orchestras in the area. He is also a member of the Estancia Quartet.

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