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Vanguard Hosts Dr. Dan Forrest as Guest Composer in Residence

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Dan Forrest has been described as “a composer of substance” (Columbus Dispatch), with  “superb choral writing…full of spine-tingling moments” (Salt Lake Tribune). Born in 1978, Dan is a pianist-turned-composer whose choral music has already established a lasting presence in the US and abroad.

Vanguard University Concert Choir and Women’s Chorus were privileged to premiere several of Dr. Dan Forrest’s choral works under the baton of Dr. James Melton, at both Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center (2009), including his new major work “Te Deum” this past May of 2012 in NYC.

Dr. Forrest’s choral works (with nearly a million in print) have received numerous awards and distinctions, including the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award, the ACDA Raymond Brock Award, a Meet The Composer grant, the ALCM Raabe Prize, and many others. His “A Basque Lullaby” for wind band was included in Volume 8 of the well-known Teaching Music Through Performance In Band series. His music has been performed in leading venues across the country and around the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, and on NPR’s “Performance Today.”

Forrest has a choral series in his name with Hinshaw Music and serves as associate editor at Beckenhorst Press. He has served as an adjudicator for numerous composition contests (including the John Ness Beck Foundation and the Southern Division MTNA), has been recognized in Who’s Who In America multiple times, and currently serves on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal The Artistic Theologian. Forrest keeps a full schedule of commissions, workshops, and residencies with churches, universities, and community choirs, and remains active as a collaborative pianist and recording producer.

Recent and upcoming performances of Dr. Dan Forrest’s music include a commission for the ACDA National Honor’s Children’s Choir (Psalm 8), a commission for premiere at the World Choral Symposium in Argentina (Entreat Me Not To Leave You), a commission for a choral festival honoring John F. Kennedy at the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), a piece commissioned by the Tenjo Hanabi choir (Osaka, Japan) in memorial of the 2011 Japanese tsunami, a forthcoming 30-minute commissioned work for chorus and orchestra, and a 40-minute concert segment of his music for chorus and orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In summer 2013, Forrest will be the composer-in-residence for the World Choral Fest in Dublin, Ireland.

Dr. Forrest holds a doctoral degree in composition from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in piano performance. He is a former professor of music at Bob Jones University, where he served as Department Head of Music Theory and Composition for several years.

Vanguard’s department of music is honored to host Dr. Dan Forrest this week on campus.

To follow Dr. Dan Forrest while at Vanguard University refer to schedule below:

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012

9:00am                                  Lecture in Theory III/Music History III class

Thursday, September 27, 2012

1:30pm                                  Lecture in Theory I class

3:00pm                                  Counterpoint Class

4:30pm                                  Orchestration Class

7:00pm                                  Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

St. Andrew’s Church, Newport Beach

Friday, September 28, 2012

9:00am                                 Lecture in Theory III/Music History III class

10:00am                              Composer Forum with VU composition majors

11:00am                               Coffee break with faculty

12 noon                                 Lunch with Music Faculty

1:00 pm                                 University Concert Choir

Sunday, Sept. 30

8 & 9:30 am                         St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach

Dan Forrest has been described as “a composer of substance” (Columbus Dispatch), with  “superb choral writing…full of spine-tingling moments” (Salt Lake Tribune). Born in 1978, Dan is a pianist-turned-composer whose choral music has already established a lasting presence in the US and abroad.Dan Forrest has been described as “a composer of substance” (Columbus Dispatch), with  “superb choral writing…full of spine-tingling moments” (Salt Lake Tribune). Born in 1978, Dan is a pianist-turned-composer whose choral music has already established a lasting presence in the US and abroad.
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