Daniel Morel is a composer, producer, and educator based in Kansas City. Garnering commissions and performances across the United States, his works are permeated with the Western sensibilities of his Colorado upbringing and draw on influences ranging from prairie thunderstorms to classic American poetry. Daniel composes orchestral, wind ensemble, vocal, and chamber music.
Recent projects include Flint Shards, commissioned by a consortium of Missouri and Kansas wind ensembles led by the Fort Hays State University Symphonic Winds; Kansas City Composed, a program of regional premieres produced for Open Spaces KC ; and Old Farmer’s Almanac: 1855, a collection of harp solos commissioned by a consortium of harpists across the United States.
Other recent commissions include works for Art In The Loop, Colorado State Music Teachers Association, Cherry Creek Chorale, Denver Municipal Band, La’Ventus Quartet, Lilac 94 Harp Duo, Hartt School Community Division, Missouri State University Concert Band, Western Michigan University Department of Dance, University of Missouri-Kansas City Wind Ensemble, and University of Kansas Symphonic Band. His music is published by Melody Labs Publishing.
As an advocate for contemporary music, Daniel has served with a number of arts organizations, including assistant director of the UMKC Musica Nova concert series, executive director for the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, festival director of the Women Composers Festival of Hartford, and head of productions for the Cherry Creek Chorale.
Daniel holds degrees in music from Bucknell University, The Hartt School, and University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is currently an instructor at Avila University.