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Michael Daugherty

Biography

Born: 1954; Cedar Rapids, IA  
Michael Daugherty was born in 1954 in Cedar Rapids, IA. Raised in a family of musicians (his father was a dance band drummer), Daugherty was subject to many different influences, and began playing keyboards in jazz, rock, and funk bands. It was these early influences and loves that later informed his formal music writing; his chamber music and symphonic works alike are based on references to American popular culture, including Elvis Presley, J. Read more Edgar Hoover, I Love Lucy, UFOs, Rosa Parks, spaghetti Western movies, and Barbie dolls. With these pieces, Daugherty has risen to be one of the most performed and talked-about composers of his time.

Daugherty received his bachelor's degree from North Texas State University in 1976. It was there that he composed his first work for orchestra. He then received a master of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Daugherty left the states on a Fulbright fellowship to attend Boulez's IRCAM in Paris in 1979. In 1980, he began his final graduate studies at Yale University. After completing the coursework requirement of the degree, he moved to Hamburg, Germany, to study privately with György Ligeti.

In 1986, Daugherty received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University and was hired to teach composition at the Oberlin Conservatory. The following year, he came to national attention after winning a Kennedy Center Friedheim award for Snap, Blue like an Orange! Over the next few years, Daugherty's music began to be performed all over the United States and appeared on many recordings. Some of the pieces he wrote at this time were the Metropolis Symphony for orchestra, Sing Sing: J. Edgar Hoover for 3 Elvis impersonators and string quartet, Bizzaro for symphonic winds, and Dead Elvis for chamber ensemble. Daugherty received critical acclaim and audience approval for his work including awards and fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Lincoln Center, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Daugherty began teaching at the University of Michigan in 1991. Commissions during this period included Jackie-O for the Houston Grand Opera, UFO for percussionist Evelyn Glennie and orchestra, Spaghetti Western for English horn and orchestra for the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Hell's Angels, a concerto for bassoon quartet and orchestra. The Detroit Symphony, as part of his four-year appointment as composer-in-residence, premiered Motor City Triptych in 2000. Read less
Strange Humors - Mackey, Daugherty, Syler
Release Date: 12/14/2010   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572529   Number of Discs: 1
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American Classics - Daugherty: Fire & Blood, Raise The Roof / Kavafian, N. Jarvi, Detroit SO
Release Date: 08/25/2009   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559372   Number of Discs: 1
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American Classics - Daugherty: Philadelphia Stories, Ufo / Glennie, Alsop, Et Al
Release Date: 10/19/2004   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559165   Number of Discs: 1
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Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony / Guerrero, Nashville SO
Release Date: 09/29/2009   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559635   Number of Discs: 1
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Wolf Rounds - Daugherty, Maslanka, Rouse / University Of Miami Frost Wind Ensemble
Release Date: 04/27/2010   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572439   Number of Discs: 1
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    Points Of Departure / Haithcock, University Of Michigan Symphony Band
    Label: Equilibrium   Catalog: 110 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Bolcom,  Frank Ticheli,  Evan Chambers,  Michael Daugherty  ... 
    Performer:  Yehonatan Berick,  Irene Wu,  Al Gordon
    Conductor:  Michael Haithcock
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    American Journeys
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11194 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John T. Williams,  Morton Gould,  Michael Daugherty,  Karl King  ... 
    Performer:  Dan S. Vinson
    Conductor:  Kenneth W. Megan Jr.,  Richard E. Wyman
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    American Pop: Works Of Michael Daugherty
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503267 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Erik Gratton,  Terrence Wilson,  Ann Richards,  Evelyn Glennie
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop,  Giancarlo Guerrero
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Nashville Symphony Orchestra,  Colorado Symphony Orchestra
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    Daugherty: Mount Rushmore / Carl St. Clair, Pacific Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559749 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Paul Jacobs
    Conductor:  Carl St. Clair
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Symphony Orchestra,  Pacific Chorale
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    American Art / Amy Porter, Christopher Harding
    Label: Equilibrium   Catalog: 114 Release Date: 03/12/2013  
    Composer:  Eldin Burton,  Robert Beaser,  Michael Daugherty,  Christopher Caliendo
    Performer:  Amy Porter,  Christopher Harding
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    Lost Vegas
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11195 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  Michael Daugherty,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Patrick Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Eric Marienthal,  Otto Ehling,  Bernie Dresel,  Christian Tamburr  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas G. Leslie
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    Michael Daugherty: American Byways
    Label: Equilibrium   Catalog: 112 Release Date: 12/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Hong Zhu,  Tess Remy-schumacher,  Ben Davis,  Yida Hu  ... 
    Conductor:  Brian Lamb
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University Of Central Oklahoma Wind Symphony,  University Of Central Oklahoma Chamber Collegium
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    Gee's Bend: Gitarrenkonzerte Des 20./21. Jahrhunderts
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1211 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elmer Bernstein,  Malcolm Arnold,  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Thorsten Drucker
    Conductor:  Rasmus Baumann
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    Artifacts / Haithcock, University Of Michigan Symphony Band
    Label: Equilibrium   Catalog: 100 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Bright Sheng,  Joel Puckett,  Michael Daugherty,  Kristin Kuster  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Haithcock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Michigan Symphony Band,  Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet
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    Daugherty: Fire & Blood, Flamingo, Ladder To The Moon /   Halffter,   Da Costa
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4671957 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Alexandre Da Costa
    Conductor:  Pedro Halffter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra Soloists
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    Pathos, Passion & Patriotism - La Traviata, Carmen, Jackie O
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 33685 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet,  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Saimir Pirgu,  Patrick Delcour,  Cristiano Cremonini,  Lorenzo Muzzi  ... 
    Conductor:  Paolo Arrivabeni,  Carlo Montanaro,  Christopher Franklin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre De L’Opéra Royal De Wallonie,  Chorus De L'Opéra Royal De Wallonie,  Macerata Opera Festival Orchestra  ... 
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    Daugherty: Route 66 / Marin Alsop, Bournemouth Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559613 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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    Strange Humors - Mackey, Daugherty, Syler
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572529 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Steven Mackey,  Michael Daugherty,  James Syler
    Performer:  Todd Quinlan,  Maureen Hurd
    Conductor:  William Berz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rutgers Wind Ensemble
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    Playing The Edge - Music For Violin And Percussion
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1199 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kevin Puts,  Craig Walsh,  Lou Harrison,  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Mark Rush
    Conductor:  Norman Weinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arizona Percussion Ensemble
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    Shape Shifter
    Label: Sea Breeze   Catalog: 4004 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Mackey,  Steven Schmidt,  Bill Reichenbach,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Harvey Pittel,  Larry Zalkind
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Riverside Community College Wind Ensemble
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    Wolf Rounds - Daugherty, Maslanka, Rouse / University Of Miami Frost Wind Ensemble
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572439 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christopher Rouse,  David Maslanka,  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Tim Conner,  Glenn Basham
    Conductor:  Gary Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frost Wind Ensemble
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  • 17.
    Daugherty: Letters From Lincoln / Preu, Hampson
    Label: eOne   Catalog: 7725 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson
    Conductor:  Eckart Preu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spokane Symphony
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    Synergy / Rumbelow, Columbia State University Wind Ensemble
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572319 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Michael David,  David Gillingham,  Michael Burritt,  Michael Daugherty  ... 
    Performer:  John Bruce Yeh,  Teresa Reilly,  Molly Yeh
    Conductor:  Robert W. Rumbelow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbus State University Wind Ensemble
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    Joie De Vivre!
    Label: Panoramicos   Catalog: 5637577712 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Margaret Griebling-Haigh,  Richard Strauss,  Thomas Janson  ... 
    Performer:  Randall Fusco,  Richard King,  Thomas C. Moore,  Danna Sundet  ... 
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    Daugherty: Jackie O / Franklin, Sourouzian, McAndrew, Alberghini
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 33605 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Elizabeth Grayson,  Simone Alberghini,  Fiona McAndrew,  Nora Sourouzian  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Franklin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lugo Teatro Rossini Orchestra,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
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    Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony / Guerrero, Nashville SO
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559635 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Terrence Wilson,  Ann Richards,  Erik Gratton
    Conductor:  Giancarlo Guerrero
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
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    American Classics - Daugherty: Fire & Blood, Raise The Roof / Kavafian, N. Jarvi, Detroit SO
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559372 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Kenneth Thompkins,  Michael Becker,  Randall Hawes,  Ida Kavafian
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
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    American Spectrum / Marsalis, Llewellyn, North Carolina Symphony
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1644 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ned Rorem,  John T. Williams,  Michael Daugherty,  Christopher Rouse
    Performer:  Branford Marsalis
    Conductor:  Grant Llewellyn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Branford Marsalis Quartet,  North Carolina Symphony Orchestra
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    2009 Wasbe Cincinnati, Usa: Lockport High School Wind Symphony
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 8462 Release Date: 01/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Julie Giroux,  Michael Daugherty,  Andrew Boysen Jr.,  John Mackey
    Conductor:  Brian Covey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lockport High School Wind Symphony
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    The Composer's Voice - New Music From Bowling Green Vol 5
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1020 Release Date: 05/06/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Shulamit Ran,  Michael Daugherty,  John Ross,  Samuel Adler  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Schupp,  Jane Rodgers,  Huang Ruo
    Conductor:  Emily Freeman Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bowling Green Philharmonia
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