Daniel Knaggs is Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Theory at the College of Wooster where he teaches composition, theory, counterpoint, orchestration, and music fundamentals. His compositions range from solo and chamber music to orchestral works. In 2019 alone, his music has been performed in Japan, Australia, Israel, Scotland, England, Germany, Italy, and throughout the USA. Having studied five foreign languages in his university years, he maintains an international outlook in his work and output. He loves evoking vivid imagery in his music, as well as focusing his efforts into projects such as his 50-year Ave Maria Project (2005-2054) in which he is composing a new Ave Maria each year for fifty years. His works are published by Edition Peters, Hal Leonard, Walton, GIA, E. C. Schirmer, Cadenza Music (UK), and Morcelliana (Italy).

Increasingly sought after as a composer, Knaggs has recently been commissioned by the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge, VOCES8, Wells Cathedral Choir, Choir & Organ Magazine/The Choir of Royal Holloway, Kinetic Ensemble, The Houston Chamber Choir, Houston Children’s Chorus, the Yale Norfolk Summer Choral Festival, The University of Michigan Chamber Choir, Texas Tech University Choir, the Iowa State Singers, Vicennium Void, South Bend Chamber Singers, Musiqa of Houston, Da Camera Young Artist Program, Te Deum Chamber Choir, Kingwood High School Choirs and both the Michigan and Illinois State Music Teachers Associations. Upcoming commissions include a major new work for the 2020 Musica Vera Festival in Toruń, Poland, and a new work for the Wooster Symphony Orchestra.

Performers of his work include the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra (Mexico City), the Tokyo Cantat Festival (Japan), the Vancouver Chamber Choir (Canada), Ars Nova Coral da UFMG (Brazil), Le Madrigal de Lille (France), Ensemble à ContreVoix (Canada), the Polish Chamber Choir (Poland), Jauna Muzika (Lithuania), the Northwestern University Brass Ensemble, the San Antonio Chamber Choir, Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West, the Basilica Choir of the National Shrine, the American Creators’ Chorus, the University of Michigan Orpheus Singers and Chamber Choir, Choral Arts Initiative, Third Millenium Ensemble, Xanthos Ensemble, Great Noise Ensemble, Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, Rice University Campanile Orchestra, Coenobium Vocale and I Piccoli Musici (Italy), Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Deciduous Trio, Audivi Vocem, Indiana University NOTUS choir, Cor Cantiamo, and the Donald Sinta Quartet.

For more information, visit: http://danieljknaggs.com


  • D.M.A. Music Composition, Rice University
  • M.M. Music Composition, Bowling Green State University
  • B.A. Spanish, University of Michigan
  • B.M.A. Voice, University of Michigan