Daniel Sommerville, D.M.

Conservatory of Music

Professor of Orchestral Music and Conducting
On Faculty since 1994

Phone: (630)752-5351


DM, Northwestern University

B.M., University of Wisconsin

About Daniel Sommerville

Daniel Sommerville, Professor of Music at the Conservatory of Music, Wheaton College, holds the Master of Music degree in conducting and the Doctor of Music degree in composition from Northwestern University. His Bachelor of Music Education degree is from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. He is the director of the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra, and teaches conducting, orchestration and score reading.  He has studied conducting with such notable conductors as Sir Georg Solti, Herbert Blomstedt and Franz Allers.  In February of 2010 he was one of two master teachers of conducting to work with conducting students at the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) national conference in Atlanta.  He has served as an officer, and most recently, as president of CODA.  He has also been a master teacher at a Conductors Guild national conducting workshop in 2006.  Sommerville is in demand as a guest conductor/clinician for area high schools and district honors orchestras, and has been Music Director and Conductor of the Elkhart County (Indiana) Symphony Orchestra, the Westminster Chamber Orchestra (Illinois), the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra of Chicago, and the Northwind Ensemble of Chicago.  He has guest conducted the Sarajevo Philharmonic and has collaborated with such notable performers as Sylvia McNair, soprano and Broadway and jazz musician Marvin Hamlisch. He lives in Wheaton with his wife, Sharen, and together they have three grown children (four, with their daughter-in-law) and a grandson. 

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