Daniel Sommerville, D.M.

Professor of Orchestral Music and Conducting
On Faculty since 1994

Phone: (630)752-5351


DM, Northwestern University

B.M., University of Wisconsin

About Daniel Sommerville

Daniel Sommerville, Professor of Music at the Conservatory of Music, Wheaton College, teaches conducting, orchestration and score reading, and is in his 25th year as conductor of the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra.  Under his leadership, 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.  Dr. Sommerville has conducted the orchestra on several Artist Series concerts, including the 2013 collaboration with the Hubbard Street Dance Company II.  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 holds Masters and Doctorate degrees from Northwestern University.  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 was guest conductor of the Sarajevo Philharmonic in Bosnia in 2004, and has collaborated with such notable performers as Sylvia McNair, soprano and Broadway and film music legend Marvin Hamlisch.  Dr. Sommerville is in demand as a guest conductor/clinician for area high schools and district honors orchestras, and has recently conducted the Philharmonic Orchestra of the MasterWorks Festival in Winona Lake, Indiana. In service to his profession he has held both regional and national presidencies in CODA.  He lives in Wheaton with his wife, and together they have three grown children, one daughter-in-law, and one adorable grandson

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