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Daniel Smith

Published April 15, 2015

Daniel Smith
School of Dance
Specialized Faculty


Daniel Smith is an American composer, pianist, sound designer and conductor best known for his collaborations with preeminent dance companies and choreographers, he has worked with Martha Graham Dance Company, Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Urban Bush Women, The Tallahassee Ballet, Gwen Welliver, Ilana Goldman, and Tim Glenn, among others. He was the topic of a 2015 documentary directed by Dana Terres entitled The Music that Makes Them Dance. Smith’s work for the concert stage as well as electro-acoustic mediums are also performed widely, as highlighted by Metamorphoses 1-3, which was premiered at the 2011 Ringling International Arts Festival as well as Darkness (2013), which was commissioned by renowned pianist and multimedia artist Julian Toha for his world tour, Immersion. As a pianist, Smith performs a wide range of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire and is a strong proponent of new music. He has performed premieres by the likes of Nico Muhly, Chris Brubeck, and Dorothy Hindman, and has been featured alongside numerous Grammy and Tony award-winning musicians, including Kristin Chenoweth, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, and Chris Mann. He has been the Principal Pianist for Sinfonia Gulf Coast since 2007. At the Florida State University School of Dance, Smith composes, performs, accompanies technique classes, and teaches courses pertaining to the intersection of music and dance. His most recent work, Roses in December, will be performed at The Kennedy Center in May 2019.


Bachelor of Music Education, The Florida State University
Master of Music Education, The University of Florida

Scholarly/Creative Work

Welliver Variation, Music Director, Co-commissioned by Martha Graham Dance Company and Opening Nights, Choreography by Gwen Welliver, 2018
Chaconne, Solo Pianist, Suzanne Farrel Ballet Company, Choreography by George Balanchine, Music by Christoph Gluck, 2017
Toccata and Nocturne for Vibraphone and Electronics, Composer, Commissioned by The Stevens Consortium, premiered by Tyler Tolles and The Tallahassee Ballet, 2017
Convergence, Film Score Composer, Screendance directed by Ilana Goldman, 2014
Darkness, Composer, commissioned by Julian Toha, featured during Immersion Tour, 2013
Metamorphoses 1-3, Composer, premiered at The Ringling International Arts Festival, 2011
-Lecture Society of Composers: Invited Lecturer. Delivered at Society of Composer, Inc, Florida State University College of Music. (Local), 2016
-Lecture Albumblatt No. 1. Delivered at Friends of Dance, Tallahassee, FL. (Local), 2016
-Lecture Nerves of Steel: The Quest to Conquer Performance Anxiety (and the World). Delivered at FSU School of Dance, Tallahassee, FL. (Local), 2016
-The Music That Makes Them Dance [Documentary]. Tallahassee, FL, 2015
-Presented The Correlation of Dancer Movement Space Conditions and Expressiveness Ratings of Music. In Amanda Sieradzki (Chair), Interdisciplinary Performance Symposium. Poster presentation at the meeting of Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. (National), 2015
-Convergence [Dance on Camera]. Tallahassee, FL, 2014
-Toccata and Nocturne for Vibraphone and Electronics [Solo percussion]. Tallahassee, FL, 2017
-Etude No. 1 “Intervallic Pairings” for Marimba [Solo percussion]. Tallahassee, FL, 2016
-Albumblatt No. 1 [Chamber]. Tallahassee, FL, 2016

Teaching Areas

Music Praxes in Dance, Screendance Composition

Research Areas

Music Composition, Piano Performance, Cross-disciplinary Art

Additional Awards

Rubin O’D. Askew Young Alumni Award, 2018