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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH - R. Michael Daugherty’s compositions include numerous chamber works, as well as pieces for orchestra, band, and solo instruments. Other pieces include over sixty art songs and over sixty choral works, including two Masses and a Requiem. Three prize-winning works were performed in 2013 and 2014. Lux Perpetua was played by the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra on February 3, 2013, in Washington, D.C.,and “Fischerweise,” was performed by the massed men’s choir at the Texas Staats Saengerbund Convention on May 5, 2013, in League City, Texas. His work, Time by the River, third place winner of the Boathouse Cello Choir Competition, was premiered at the Carling Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida, on April 5, 2014. His ballet, As You Like It, was premiered by the International Ballet Company and the Triangle Youth Philharmonic Select Chamber Orchestra on August 9 and 10, 2014, at the Cary Arts Center in Cary, North Carolina. His song cycle All I Have to Bring Today, composed for ECU faculty members as part of a NC Regional Artist Grant, for mezzo, clarinet and piano was premiered on November 2, 2014, at East Carolina University, with a repeat performance at Trinity United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, North Carolina, on November 3. The song cycle received its Missouri premiere in Springfield, Missouri, by Missouri State University faculty members on March 26, 2015. There are two recent performances. “Swedish Meatballs” was premiered by the Denison Singers Alumni, William Osborne, Director, on June 28, 2015, on the college campus in Granville, Ohio. His song cycle, Quem genuit Maria, for soprano and string quartet was performed by Alice Pierce, soprano, and the Anchorage Fine Arts Society Chamber Music Soiree on August 12, 2015, in Anchorage, Alaska. His song cycle, Passages, will be performed on September 12, 2015, at the University of Minnesota – Duluth by Alice Pierce and Tracy Lipke-Perry. His piece, “Elegy for the Victims of Ebola” for horn and piano will be premiered in London, England, on September 18, 2015, as part of a London New Wind Festival event. Dr. Daugherty was selected as one of five composers and five filmmakers for the Melbourne Independent Film Festival’s Dynamic Duo Project. He is currently working on the score for a short film by Daphne Stacey entitled “In a Moment.” The finished product will be premiered October 24, 2015, at the MIFF in Melbourne, Florida, with the score performed live by the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Collins, Director. Dr. Daugherty holds a B.A. degree in musical and literary composition from Denison University, studying with Elliot Borishansky and M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in music composition from The Ohio State University studying with Marshall Barnes. He retired after 35 years as a music theory instructor at Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville, North Carolina, in June of 2011 and moved to Vero Beach, Florida, in March of 2015.

Recent Compositions -- Orchestral: I went to the woods (2014) for chorus and orchestra; Kaleidoscope (2014) for full orchestra; Hear the Heartbeats of Truth (2014) for string orchestra; Mediterranean Delight (2013) for string orchestra; Concerto for Jazz Trumpet and Orchestra (2013), Autumn’s Grace (2013) for chamber orchestra; Concerto for Clarinet and Strings (2012); Unfolding Fanfare (2012) for large brass ensemble; Aurora Borealis (2012) for full orchestra; The Italian Sojourn (2012) for full orchestra; As You Like It Ballet Suite (2011) for chamber orchestra; Ancient Voices (2010) for full orchestra, premiered by the Triangle Youth Philharmonic in Meymandi Hall, Raleigh, NC, on May 8,2011. Band: West Winds (2014) for Wind Ensemble; Smiling Faces of the Empire State (2014) for concert band; Ceremony and Celebration (2012) for concert band; Festival latino (2012) for concert band; Torero feliz: Pasodoble (2010) for concert band. Chamber Music: December Flurries (2014) for 4-part violas; Fantasy in Chartreuse and Kelly Green (2014) for string quartet; Acadia Trio (2014)for clarinet, viola and piano; Gallia in partes tres (2014) for saxophone quartet; Semper Fi (2014) fro brass sextet; Time by the River (2013) for 4-part cellos; Fantasy for Four (2013) for soprano sax, viola, bassoon and xylophone; Sweet Wailin' 'Bones (2013) for trombone quartet; Emerging Spring (2013) for piano quartet; Flute Flights (2013) for 2 flutes; Lowly March (2013) for horn, trombone and tuba; From Fits and Starts (2013) for flute, cello and string bass; Appalachian Waters (2013) for string quartet; Amore per il mare (2013) for violin, cello and piano; Somber Saturdays (2013) for alto flute, bass clarinet and piano; April Nights (2013) for flute, clarinet, viola and bassoon; String Sextet (2013)or 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos; Perceptions of Time (2013) for violin, clarinet and two marimbas; Grandma’s House (2013) for Flute/Piccolo, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Violin and cello; String Quartet No. 5 (2013); Beyond the Café (2013) for violin, bassoon and piano; Moments (2013) for flute/piccolo, soprano/alto saxophone and piano; Brasserie (2013) for 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones and tuba; Oodles of Doodles (2013) for string quintet. Solo Instrumental Works: Summer Rains (2014) for violin and piano; Honor and Integrity (2014) for solo cello; Four Etudes for Solo Violin (2013; Four Characters in Search of a Sonata (2013) for bass clarinet; Jubilee Spring (2013) for unaccompanied viola.

Large-Scale Choral: Affirmations: An English Requiem (2004) for STB soloists, SATB chorus and chamber orchestra (1 1 1 1, 0 0 0 0 and strings). Small-Scale Choral: A Song of Joys (2014) for TTBB choir and piano; Refuge (2014) for SATB choir a cappella; As the Rain Hides the Stars (2014) for SATB choir a cappella; Will You Win Your Love with a French Brawl? (2014) for SATB choir and piano; The Snowstorm (2013) for SATB choir and piano; I would not paint a picture (2013) for solo quartet; Bees are Black! (2013) for SSA choir and piano; One is for the Manger (2013) for SATB choir a cappella; Life has Loveliness to Sell (2013) for SATB choir a cappella; Living (2013) for SATB choir a cappella; Remembering Clocks (2013) for SATB choir and piano; With Science as the Tool (2013) for SATB choir a cappella; O Paschal Lamb (2013) for SATB Choir and Organ; This Crown of Prayer and Praise (2013) for SATB Choir, a cappella; Winter is so much softer (2013) for SATB Choir, a cappella. Song Cycles and Large-scale Vocal Works: Love’s Shades of Gray (2011) for soprano and piano; A Whitman Sampler (2010) for voice and classical guitar; My Last Duchess (2009) for baritone and piano; Emily in Love…Emily Alone (2007) song cycle for Soprano and Piano; Men in Love (2007) song cycle for Baritone and Piano. Individual Songs: "My Dog" (2014) for mezzo-soprano, violin and piano; "Cavalry Crossing a Ford" for soprano, violin, oboe, clarinet and piano; "Crab, My Dog" (2014) for baritone, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, trumpet and trombone; "City Poets" (2014) for baritone, bass clarinet, trumpet and trombone; “Madness” (2013) for soprano and piano; “If I Take the Wings” (2013) congregational song with organ; “Tangerines, easy to peel” (2013) for soprano and piano.


Lux Perpetua

This is the premiere performance of this prize-winning piece by the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra in Washington, DC. The work is a symphonic poem. In the program, the strings represent the "everlasting light," while the woodwinds offer a plea for mercy and the brass, a fear that as humans we are unworthy of the protection of the light.

Southern Landscapes

This recording is the third and fourth movements of my first string quartet. (As of this posting, I have composed eight string quartets.) It was recorded by the Ciompi String Quartet of Duke University in a performance at Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville, North Carolina, in 1991.

"Town Gossip" from Love's Shades of Gray

Marquerite Krull, soprano, and Craig Ketter, piano. The text is by contemporary poet Rob Smith.

If I Take the Wings of the Morning

Psalm 139 with additional text by the composer. This is a performance by the Cape Fear Chorale, Jerry Cribbs, Director.