Daniel McDavitt, DMA

Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities

Kraushaar 113


B.A., Music & Humanities, Brigham Young University, 2006
M.M., Choral Conducting, Brigham Young University, 2008
D.M.A., Choral Conducting & Literature, University of Illinois, 2011

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

Choral Music, Conducting, Choral Literature, Composition & Choral Arranging, Musicianship, Music Education 

Recent Publications/Presentations/Performances

Recent Publications and Recordings

Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal, for SSAATTBB a cappella, published by E. C. Schirmer Publishing
Come, Lord Jesus, for TTBB and Piano, published by Holy Sheet Music
     Recorded by the Luther Norsemen for "Christmas at Luther 2014" 
     Recorded by the BYU Men's Chorus on "Set Apart" 
     Recorded by the BYU Men's Chorus on "Celebration of Christmas" 
Come, Thou Fount, for SATB and Piano, recorded on "BYU Singers' Alumni Hymn Project" 
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need, for SATB and Piano, recorded on "BYU Singers Alumni Hymns Project" 
Come, Thou Fount, for TTBB and Piano, recorded by the BYU Men's Chorus on "Set Apart" 
My Little Welsh Home, for TTBB and Piano, recorded by the BYU Men's Chorus on "Pilgrim's Journey Home" 
The Promised Land, for SSAATTBB a cappella, recorded on album "Pilgrim's Journey Home" 
The Promised Land, for SSAATTBB a cappella, published by E. C. Schirmer Publishing 
Kitty of Coleraine, for TTBB and four-hands piano, published by Walton Music 
God Loved Us, So He Sent His Son (TTBB), for SATB (and TTBB) and Organ, published by Jackman Music 
The Cougar Song, for TTBB a cappella, recorded by the BYU Men's Chorus on "Live and Kicking" 

Recent Commissions

Charleston Civic Chorale (2017)
Deer Creek Chorale (2017)
BYU Men's Chorus (14 commissioned works from 2008-2013)
Liberty, Missouri Stake, for Kansas City Temple Dedication (2012)

Awards/Significant Accomplishments

Goucher College Excellence in Teaching, 2017
Loyola University Summer Reading Grant, 2013
Grant from the Center for the Humanities, 2013
First Prize, Magnum Opus Choral Composition Competition, 2009


Dr. Daniel McDavitt (b. 1979) is assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, where he conducts the Goucher Chorus and Chamber Singers, and teaches courses in musicianship and conducting. Previous to this appointment, he directed choirs and taught courses in music theory, music history, musicianship, and conducting at Brigham Young University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Knox College, and Loyola University Maryland. 

As a composer, Dr. McDavitt’s compositions and arrangements have been performed and broadcast throughout the United States. His music is published by ECS Publishing, Walton Music, and Jackman Music. He also has a number of self-published works available through his website, www.danielmcdavitt.com

Born and raised in Missouri, he holds a bachelor of arts degree in music and humanities and a master of music degree in choral conducting from Brigham Young University, and a doctor of musical 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, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, the College Music Society, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

He lives in Baltimore with his wife, writer and photographer Jenika Beck McDavitt, and their son, Ian.