Daniel McDavitt

Assistant ProfessorCenter for Dance, Music, & Theatre

Dr. Daniel McDavitt is assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Goucher College, where he conducts the Goucher Chorus and Chamber Singers, and teaches courses in musicianship and conducting. Previous to this appointment, he was Director of Choral Activities at Loyola University Maryland, and Acting Director of Choirs at Knox College. As a composer, Dr. McDavitt’s compositions and arrangements have been performed and broadcast throughout the United States and abroad. His music is published by ECS Publishing, Walton Music, Jackman Music, and Holy Sheet Music. He also has a number of self-published works available through this website. 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).

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Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress

Big Recruiting Ideas From Small Colleges (article in progress)

Optimizing Wait-time Gaps In the Choral Rehearsal (research in progress)

Semiotics in Choral Music (ongoing research and presentation/talk topic)


The Promised Land, for SSAATTBB a cappella, published by E. C. Schirmer Publishing

Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal, 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, for SATB or TTBB and organ, published by Jackman Music

Come, Lord Jesus, for TTBB and piano, published by Holy Sheet Music

Exhibits or Performances


Farewell Song to the Banks of Ayr, for SATB and piano, commissioned and premiered by the Charleston Civic Chorus

Three Memories, for SATB, flute, and piano, commissioned and premiered by the Charleston Civic Chorus

Songs from Middle Earth, for SATB, soprano solo, and chamber orchestra, premiered by the Goucher College Choirs and Orchestra

The Parting Glass, for TTBB double choir a cappella, commissioned and premiered by the Loyola Chimes

Let Zion Rejoice, for SATB and organ, commissioned and premiered for the Kansas City LDS Temple Dedication

Commissioned and premiered by the Brigham Young University Men’s Chorus:

  • Come, Lord Jesus, for TTBB and piano
  • Farewell to Babylon, for TTBB, brass ensemble, and organ
  • Give Me Jesus, for TTBB a cappella
  • Highland Cathedral, for TTBB, trumpet, bagpipes, percussion, and piano
  • Inside Out and Kicking: A Festival of Welsh Folksongs, for TTBB, percussion, and four-hands piano
  • Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee, for TTBB and organ
  • Kitty of Coleraine, for TTBB and four-hands piano
  • My Little Welsh (Mountain) Home, for TTBB and piano
  • My Shepherd Will Supply My Need, for TTBB and piano
  • Nearer, My God, to Thee, for TTBB a cappella
  • The Preacher and the Bear, for TTBB, string bass, guitars, percussion, and piano

Academic or Professional Associations

American Choral Directors Association

National Collegiate Choral Organization

College Music Society

American Society for Composers, Authors, and Publishers