Dan Forrest (b. 1978) has been described as having “an undoubted gift for writing beautiful music….that is truly magical” (NY Concert Review), with works hailed as “magnificent, very cleverly constructed sound sculpture” (Classical Voice), and “superb writing…full of spine-tingling moments” (Salt Lake Tribune). Since its first publication in 2001, Dan’s music has sold millions of copies, and is well established in the repertoire of choirs in the U.S. and and around the world.
Dan’s choral works have received numerous awards and distinctions, including the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award, the ACDA Raymond Brock Award, the ALCM Raabe Prize, and many others. His commissioned choral works have been premiered in major venues around the world and featured on national radio and TV broadcasts. His major works Requiem for the Living (2013) and Jubilate Deo (2016), have quickly become standard choral/orchestral repertoire of ensembles around the world, and his newest major work LUX: The Dawn From On High (2018) is now receiving similar critical acclaim.
Dan is highly active in the music publishing industry, publishing choral music with Hinshaw Music, Beckenhorst Press, and, recently, through his own company, The Music Of Dan Forrest (distributed by Beckenhorst Press). Dan also works as co-editor at Beckenhorst Press, and has published with more than a dozen other publishers. He adjudicates regional and national composition contests, and keeps a full schedule of commissions, workshops, recordings, adjunct professorships, and residencies with universities, churches, and community ensembles, collaborating as accompanist, presenting his music, and teaching composition and music theory. Dan also serves as Artist-in-Residence at his home church, Mitchell Road Presbyterian (PCA).
Dan holds a doctorate in composition from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in piano performance. His academic background includes several years as a professor and department head (music theory and composition) in higher education. More information about Dan and his work can be found at www.danforrest.com.