Daniel E. Gawthrop

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Daniel E. Gawthrop
Birth name Daniel E. Gawthrop
Born (1949-10-21) 21 October 1949 (age 64)
Origin Fort Wayne, Indiana
Genres Contemporary classical
Occupations Composer
Instruments Piano, Organ

Daniel E. Gawthrop (born 1949 in Fort Wayne, Indiana) is an American composer, primarily of choral music. His output also includes a substantial body of works for the organ[1] as well as orchestral and instrumental works. He has been the recipient of over one hundred commissions to write original music. His works have been published by Dunstan House, Warner Brothers, Theodore Presser, Sacred Music Press, and others.


Gawthrop attended Michigan State University and Brigham Young University.

He served for three years as Composer-in-Residence to the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (of Fairfax, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C.) and has been the recipient of four grants from The Barlow Endowment for Musical Composition. He has been commissioned by dozens of institutions including the American Choral Directors Association through their prestigious Raymond Brock Memorial series, and has had works première in the Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Salt Lake City Mormon Tabernacle, and Washington National Cathedral. His choral pieces have been performed and recorded by such eminent ensembles as The United States Air Force Singing Sergeants, the Gregg Smith Singers, the Turtle Creek Chorale, the Paul Hill Chorale, the American Boychoir, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Cathedral Choral Society (of Washington National Cathedral), Thomas Circle Singers, and hundreds of other groups in the U.S. and abroad.

In addition to his work as a composer, Gawthrop has been active as a broadcaster, clinician and adjudicator, organist, conductor, teacher and writer, including a period as music critic for The Washington Post. Gawthrop is a Life Member of the American Choral Directors Association, a member of The American Guild of Organists, and a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the music fraternity.

The bulk of his organ works have been recorded on two commercially available CDs. The first, "Exultate", is performed by Mary Mozelle on the Princeton University Chapel organ. The second disc, "Like a Fire", was performed by Dr. David Pickering on the Bales Recital Hall organ at the University of Kansas at Lawrence. A third disc, containing much of his choral work called "Show Me Thy Ways", was performed by Utah State University Chamber Choir conducted by Dr. Cory Evans.


  1. ^ Pickering, David; Mozelle, Mary (July 2007). "The organ music of Daniel E. Gawthrop". The American Organist. pp. 60–63. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 

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