Daniel Whitworth (b. 1996) is a composer and saxophonist dedicated to expanding the relevancy and accessibility of contemporary music. Frequently collaborating with dancers, visual artists, and actors, he aims to connect with audiences in unique ways and works to write and perform contemporary music that is both meaningful and relevant. One of his most recent projects, a recital entitled “Snapshots of America,” explored themes of politics and social justice in contemporary music and reflected Daniel’s passion for art with sociopolitical relevance.

          In the summer of 2019, Daniel served as the composer-in-residence at the Lake George Music Festival after his piece Ripples in Infinity won the Lake George Composition Competition.  Other recent awards include being selected in the 2019 Verdant Vibes and 2019 What Is Noise Call for Scores and winning first prize in both the 2018 Frost International Composition Competition and the 2018 Wisconsin Alliance for Composers Composition Contest. Daniel’s music has been recently performed by groups such as NOW Ensemble, Verdant Vibes, What Is Noise, Ensemble Ibis, Center for New Music, Else If Else, and the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble.

          As a saxophonist, Daniel has performed throughout the United States and was recently featured on Maslanka Weekly’s Best of the Web for his performance of David Maslanka’s Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano. For his performance of Ingolf Dahl’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble, Daniel was awarded second prize in the Lakeshore Young Artist Competition and was a featured soloist with the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble.

          Daniel is working towards a Master’s Degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with a major in both Composition and Scoring for Film and Multimedia. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Lawrence University where he studied primarily with composer Asha Srinivasan and saxophonist Steven Jordheim.


I’m open to commissions! Please reach out to me if you’d be interested in collaborating, and we can work something out together!

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