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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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  • 26.
    Raise The Roof - Michael Daugherty
    Label: Equilibrium   Catalog: 86 Release Date: 02/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Michael Wayne,  Andre Dowell
    Conductor:  Michael Haithcock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Michigan Symphony Band
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    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 7491 Release Date: 01/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Michael Daugherty,  Steven Bryant,  Steven Reineke  ... 
    Conductor:  Ray Cramer,  Quincy C. Hilliard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Illinois Honors Band,  Illinois All State Band
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    Dance Mix / David Zinman, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 444454 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  John Adams,  Aaron Jay Kernis,  David Schiff  ... 
    Conductor:  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
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    Crown Imperial - Walton, Gabrieli / Dallas Wind Symphony
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 112 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Michael Daugherty,  Paul Hindemith,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Mary Preston
    Conductor:  Jerry Junkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Wind Symphony
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  • 30.
    Distilled In Kentucky
    Label: Mark Masters   Catalog: 6739 Release Date: 12/13/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Scott Lindroth,  Michael Daugherty,  Mike Mower,  John Mackey  ... 
    Performer:  Miles Osland
    Conductor:  John Cody Birdwell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble
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    Signs Of Intelligent Life - Solo Percussion / Alison Shaw
    Label: Eroica Classical Recordings   Catalog: 3301 Release Date: 10/17/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Sejourne,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Stephen Rush,  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Alison Shaw
    Conductor:  John Whitwell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michigan State University Wind Symphony
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  • 32.
    American Influences / University Of Georgia Wind Symphony
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 454 Release Date: 06/13/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty,  David Maslanka,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Roger Vogel
    Performer:  Edward Sandor
    Conductor:  John N. Culvahouse
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Georgia Wind Symphony
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    Czech-inspired - Dvorák, Etc / Red Cedar Trio
    Label: Fleur De Son   Catalog: 57974 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Boland,  Jonathan Chenette,  Peter Hamlin,  Robert Lindsey Nassif  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Red Cedar Trio
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    Brooklyn Bridge / University Of Michigan Symphony Band
    Label: Equilibrium   Catalog: 75 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bright Sheng,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Susan Botti,  Michael Daugherty  ... 
    Performer:  Susan Botti,  Michael Wayne
    Conductor:  Michael Haithcock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Michigan Symphony Band
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  • 35.
    A Night With The Piccolo
    Label: Nicola Mazzanti   Catalog: 5637392037 Release Date: 01/20/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pierre Agricola Genin,  Marilyn Bliss,  Claudio Jose Boncompagni,  Alessandro Cavicchi  ... 
    Performer:  Nicola Mazzanti,  Giovanni Verona
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    Brooklyn Bridge / Craig Pare, Depauw University Band
    Label: Mark Masters   Catalog: 6650 Release Date: 01/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dan Edward Welcher,  Donald H. White,  Eric Whitacre,  Michael Daugherty  ... 
    Conductor:  Craig Paré
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  DePauw University Band
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  • 37.
    Progressions / Genevro, Messiah College Wind Ensemble
    Label: Mark Masters   Catalog: 6799 Release Date: 01/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edwin Franko Goldman,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Jack Stamp,  Franco Cesarini  ... 
    Conductor:  Bradley Genevro
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Messiah College Wind Ensemble And Symphonic Winds
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  • 38.
    Velocity / Columbus State University Wind Ensemble
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 397 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Russell Peck,  Jacques Press,  Andrew Rindfleisch,  Eric Whitacre  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert W. Rumbelow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbus State University Wind Ensemble
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  • 39.
    Take Wing - Persichetti, Etc / Lois Bliss Herbine, Et Al
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 713 Release Date: 08/30/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Daniel Dorff,  Allen Krantz,  Willard Elliot,  David Loeb  ... 
    Performer:  Lois Bliss Herbine,  Charles Abramovic,  Allen Krantz,  Sophie Bruno  ... 
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  • 40.
    American Originals / Russell, Promusica, Et Al
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 1023 Release Date: 01/04/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Schickele,  Michael Daugherty,  Samuel Barber,  David Noon
    Performer:  Robert Spring,  Katherine Borst Jones,  Katherine DeJongh,  Carmen Pelton
    Conductor:  Timothy Russell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ProMusica Chamber Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 5596 Release Date: 01/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty,  Morten Lauridsen,  Bedrich Smetana,  Karel Husa  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Haithcock,  Rodney Dorsey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florida All-State Bands
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  • 42.
    Allegories - Ticheli, Hindemith, Mctee, Etc
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11144 Release Date: 12/07/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Ticheli,  Paul Hindemith,  Cindy McTee,  Kenneth Hesketh  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Migliaro Corporon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North Texas University Wind Ensemble
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  • 43.
    American Classics - Daugherty: Philadelphia Stories, Ufo / Glennie, Alsop, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559165 Release Date: 10/19/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Evelyn Glennie
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Colorado Symphony Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Bolcom, Bassett, Daugherty: Concertos / Kiesler, Et Al
    Label: Equilibrium   Catalog: 63 Release Date: 02/24/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leslie Bassett,  Michael Daugherty,  William Bolcom
    Performer:  Clifford Leaman,  Harold Smoliar,  Amy Porter
    Conductor:  Kenneth Kiesler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Bells For Stokowski / Junkin, Univ. Of Texas Wind Ensemble
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 104 Release Date: 01/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty,  David Del Tredici,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Tylman Susato
    Conductor:  Jerry Junkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Texas Wind Ensemble
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  • 46.
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 4915 Release Date: 01/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty,  Guy Anthony Woolfenden,  Jonathan Dove,  Martin Ellerby  ... 
    Conductor:  Keith Allen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Birmingham Symphonic Winds
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  • 47.
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 4914 Release Date: 01/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Donald Grantham,  Eric Ewazen,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Andrew Rindfleisch  ... 
    Conductor:  Ray Cramer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Indiana University Wind Ensemble
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  • 48.
    For The Lost And Living / Berz, Rutgers Wind Ensemble
    Label: Mark Masters   Catalog: 5030 Release Date: 01/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felicia Sandler,  Andrew Boysen Jr.,  Frank Ticheli,  Herbert Owen Reed  ... 
    Conductor:  William Berz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rutgers Wind Ensemble,  Kirkpatrick Choir
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  • 49.
    American Contrasts - Lees, Persichetti, Daugherty / Depriest
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3291 Release Date: 05/27/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty,  Vincent Persichetti,  Benjamin Lees
    Conductor:  James DePreist
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bassoon Brothers,  Oregon Symphony Orchestra
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    Dances And Dreams / University Of Florida Wind Symphony
    Label: Mark Masters   Catalog: 4849 Release Date: 01/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Paul Richards,  Dan Edward Welcher,  Traditional,  Michael Daugherty  ... 
    Conductor:  David Waybright
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Florida Wind Ensemble,  Brendan Noland And Friends
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