Daniel Sommerville, D.M.

Professor of Music (Symphony Orchestra, Conducting, Orchestration)
On Faculty since 1994

Office: McAlister Hall 219
Phone: (630)752-5351


D.M., Northwestern University

M.M., Northwestern University

B.M., University of Wisconsin

About Daniel Sommerville

Daniel Sommerville, Professor of Orchestral Studies at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, has been the director of the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra since 1994 and also teaches conducting, orchestration and score reading. Under his leadership, the orchestra has collaborated with such notable musicians as Sylvia McNair, Marvin Hamlisch, Chicago’s Hubbard Street Dance Company II, as well as many of the outstanding faculty performers of the Conservatory of Music. In addition, the orchestra was awarded Third Place in the 2012 American Prize competition (college and university orchestra division), and was invited to perform at the 2012 National Conference of the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA), held at Northwestern University. In 2006, the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra was chosen to be the host orchestra for a Conductors Guild National Conducting Workshop, with Dr. Sommerville serving as one of two master teachers. Dr. Sommerville has lead the orchestra on concert and ministry tours around the United States during the past 26 years.

Dr. Sommerville holds Masters and Doctorate degrees in music from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. He has studied conducting with such notable conductors as Sir Georg Solti and Herbert Blomstedt. Past conducting posts include the Elkhart County Symphony Orchestra (Indiana), the Westminster Chamber Orchestra (Illinois) and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra of Chicago. He is active as a guest conductor and clinician, conducting such orchestras as the Sarajevo Philharmonic (Bosnia), Florida State University Philharmonia, Miami University Symphony Orchestra (Ohio), DuPage Symphony Orchestra (Illinois), Fox Valley Symphony (Illinois), Marquette Symphony Orchestra (Michigan), as well as numerous high school honors orchestras. In service to his profession he has held both regional and national presidencies in CODA, the College Orchestra Directors Association.

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