Daniel Smith received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Florida State University in 2005 and a Master of Music Education degree from The University of Florida in 2015. He is a prolific composer, and his numerous scores have been performed by artists and ensembles both nationwide and internationally. Nearly 50 of his works have been designed explicitly for dance performances and he frequently collaborates with both faculty and student choreographers. Mr. Smith was the composer for Convergence, a dance film directed by fellow FSU School of Dance faculty member, Ilana Goldman. The film was accepted into the International Screendance Festival at the American Dance Festival (2015), the University of Washington’s 50th Anniversary of Dance Conference (2015), and the World Dance Alliance’s Digital Dance Concert (2015). In 2013, Mr. Smith was commissioned to compose multiple original works for an international tour presented by Julian Toha. As Coordinator of the Audio Lab and Recording Studio, Mr. Smith provides technical assistance to students, faculty, and visiting artists for music recording, editing, and production. He also serves as a musician for dance technique classes, having accompanied over 2,000 ballet and contemporary dance classes. Mr. Smith continues an active career as a performer of both classical and jazz repertoire. He has been the pianist for Sinfonia Gulf Coast since 2007 and has given world premiere performances of works by Nico Muhly and Chris Brubeck.
Bachelor of Music Education, The Florida State University
Master of Music Education, The University of Florida