Dr. Daniel McDavitt is Director of Cadet Vocal Music at the United States Coast Guard Academy,where he oversees a vocal music program that includes four choral ensembles, a robust touringschedule, and a yearly musical production. He was also recently appointed Director of the EasternConnecticut Symphony Chorus, an ensemble specializing in the performance of major choralworks of both historical and modern composers. Previous to these appointments, he wasassociate professor of music and director of the Goucher College Choirs and Orchestra, directorof choral studies at Loyola University Maryland, and acting director of choirs at Knox College.
An award-winning composer and educator, Dr. McDavitt’s compositions and arrangements havebeen performed and broadcast throughout the United States and abroad. His music is publishedby Walton Music, E. C. Schirmer Publishing, Gentry Publications, and Jackman Music, along witha number of self-published works. He has received a commission from the Barlow Endowmentfor Music Composition, won first prize in the Magnum Opus Composition Competition, andregularly accepts commissions from community, university, and school choral ensembles fromaround the country. He has also received numerous grants for music research and to promotenew works by living composers. In 2017, he was honored with the Excellence in Teaching Awardat Goucher College, and has presented his research multiple times at the Oxford ConductingInstitute at St. Anne’s College at the University of Oxford (UK).
Born and raised in Missouri, he holds a bachelor of arts degree in music and humanities and amaster of music degree in choral conducting from Brigham Young University, and a doctor ofmusical arts degree in choral conducting and literature, with a minor in theory/composition,from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. McDavitt is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the NationalCollegiate Choral Organization, where he serves on the national board, as well as the CollegeMusic Society, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).He lives in Old Lyme, Connecticut, with his wife, writer and photographer Jenika Beck McDavitt,and their two children.