Daniel Sommerville, D.M.

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, Associate Professor of Orchestral Music and Conducting at the Wheaton Conservatory of Music, 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.  In addition to conducting the Symphony Orchestra at Wheaton College, he teaches conducting, orchestration and score reading.  Further conducting studies have been with Sir Georg Solti, Herbert Blomstedt and Franz Allers, having won these privileges through conducting competitions.  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 currently serves as Vice President of CODA.  In 2006 he hosted and was one of two master teachers, along with Victor Yampolsky, at a national Conductors Guild Conducting Workshop at Wheaton College, with the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra.  He 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 also served on the faculties of Northwestern University and Trinity College.  He is active as a guest conductor and clinician in the Midwest, and in January of 2005, he was guest conductor of the Sarajevo (Bosnia) Philharmonic, sponsored by the American Embassy. Most recently he was conductor in residence at Florida State University in November of 2011, where he conducted the FSU Philhamonia in concert, as well as lectured and taught.  As conductor he has collaborated with such notable performers as Sylvia McNair, soprano and Judith Ingolfsson, concert violinist, as well as Broadway and jazz musicians Marvin Hamlisch and Frank Mantooth.  He has worked closely with eminent conductor John Nelson in preparing orchestras for Maestro Nelson’s performances.

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