Dr. Daniel McDavitt (b. 1979) is Director of Cadet Vocal Music at the United States Coast Guard Academy, where he oversees a vocal music program that includes four choral ensembles, a robust touring schedule, and a yearly musical production. Previous to this appointment, he was associate professor of music and director of the Goucher College Choirs and Orchestra, director of choral studies at Loyola University Maryland, and acting director of choirs at Knox College.
As a composer, Dr. McDavitt’s compositions and arrangements have been performed and broadcast throughout the United States and abroad. His music is published by Walton Music, ECS Publishing, Gentry Publications, and Jackman Music. He also has a number of self-published works available through this website. An award-winning composer and educator, Dr. McDavitt has received a commission from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, and won first prize in the Magnum Opus Composition Competition; he has also received numerous grants for music research and to promote new works by living composers; he regularly accepts commissions from community, university, and school choral ensembles from around the country. In 2017, he was honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award at Goucher College, and in 2018 and again in 2020, he has presented part of his research at the Oxford Conducting Institute at St. Anne's College at the University of Oxford.
Born and raised in Missouri, he holds a bachelor of arts degree in music and humanities and a master of music degree in choral conducting from Brigham Young University, and a doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting and literature, with a minor in theory/composition, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. McDavitt is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Collegiate Choral Organization, where he serves on the national board, as well as the College Music Society, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).
He lives in Connecticut with his wife, writer and photographer Jenika Beck McDavitt, and their two children.