Professor of Music (Symphony Orchestra, Conducting, Orchestration)
On Faculty since 1994
Office: McAlister Hall 219
D.M., Northwestern University
M.M., Northwestern University
B.M., University of Wisconsin
About Daniel Sommerville
Daniel Sommerville, Professor of Music at the Conservatory of Music, Wheaton College, teaches conducting, orchestration and score reading, and has been the director of the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra since 1994. Under his leadership, the orchestra has collaborated with such notable musicians as Sylvia McNair, Marvin Hamlisch, The Hubbard Street Dance Company II, as well as many of the outstanding faculty performers of the Conservatory of Music. In addition, the orchestra was awarded Third Place in the 2012 American Prize competition (college and university orchestra division), and was invited to perform at the 2012 National Conference of the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA), held at Northwestern University. In 2006, the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra was chosen to be the host orchestra for a Conductors Guild National Conducting Workshop, with Dr. Sommerville serving as one of two master teachers. Dr. Sommerville has lead the orchestra on concert and ministry tours around the United States during the past 25 years—from the East Coast to the West Coast and from Florida and Texas to Minnesota.
Dr. Sommerville holds Masters and Doctorate degrees in music from Northwestern University. He has studied conducting with such notable conductors as Sir Georg Solti and Herbert Blomstedt. Past conducting posts include the Elkhart County Symphony Orchestra (Indiana), the Westminster Chamber Orchestra (Illinois) and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra of Chicago. He was guest conductor of the Sarajevo Philharmonic in Bosnia in 2004. Dr. Sommerville is in demand as a guest conductor/clinician for area high schools and district honors orchestras, and has also been an orchestra conductor at MasterWorks Festival in Winona Lake, Indiana. In service to his profession he has held both regional and national presidencies in CODA.