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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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  • 51.
    Wind Currents - Stern, Turrin, Daugherty, Maslanka
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 503 Release Date: 08/27/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Maslanka,  Michael Daugherty,  Joseph Turrin,  Theodore Stern
    Conductor:  Malcolm Rowell Jr.
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Massachusetts Wind Ensemble
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  • 52.
    Twentieth Century
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 509 Release Date: 05/28/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Pensis,  Astor Piazzolla,  Quincy Porter,  Alec Wilder  ... 
    Performer:  Eric Segnitz,  William Barnewitz,  Samantha George,  Jeani Muhonen Foster
    Conductor:  Henri B. Pensis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Miramar Sinfonietta
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  • 53.
    H. Robert Reynolds - The Retirement Concert, April 6, 2001
    Label: Equilibrium   Catalog: 45 Release Date: 12/18/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  William Bolcom,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Michael Daugherty  ... 
    Performer:  David Lee Jackson,  Alexandra Zacharella,  Garrett Méndez
    Conductor:  H. Robert Reynolds
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Michigan Symphony Band
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  • 54.
    Ufo - Music Of Michael Daugherty / Evelyn Glennie, Et Al
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11121 Release Date: 11/06/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Evelyn Glennie
    Conductor:  Eugene Migliaro Corporon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North Texas University Wind Ensemble
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  • 55.
    Rendezvous - Bozza, Daugherty, Turok, Et Al / Corporon, Et Al
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11109 Release Date: 10/02/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Donald Grantham,  Guy Anthony Woolfenden,  Ira Hearshen,  Paul Turok  ... 
    Performer:  Carolyn Warner,  Stephen Warner
    Conductor:  Eugene Migliaro Corporon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North Texas University Wind Ensemble,  Cleveland Duo
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  • 56.
    Française Et Américaine Musique / Waybright, University Of Florida Wind Ensemble
    Label: Mark Masters   Catalog: 3837 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Michael Daugherty,  Jacques Castérčde,  Florent Schmitt  ... 
    Conductor:  David Waybright
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Florida Wind Ensemble
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  • 57.
    New Music From Oberlin: Edward J. Miller And Michael Daugherty
    Label: Opus One   Catalog: 138 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward J. Miller,  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Peter Takács,  Gregory Fulkerson,  Lawrence McDonald,  Charles Ullery  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Singher
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oberlin Wind Ensemble,  Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble
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  • 58.
    New Music For Winds & Percussion Vol 2 - Christina's World
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 403 Release Date: 08/29/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Gillingham,  Gordon Jacob,  Michael Daugherty,  Timothy Broege  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Magnanini,  Whit Sidener
    Conductor:  Gary Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Miami Wind Ensemble
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  • 59.
    Sojourns / North Texas Wind Symphony
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11099 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Michael Daugherty,  Daron Hagen,  Dan Edward Welcher  ... 
    Performer:  Shawn Hart,  Jeff Prosperie,  Chris Rasmussen,  Edward Stephan
    Conductor:  Eugene Migliaro Corporon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North Texas University Wind Ensemble
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  • 60.
    Border Crossing - Percussion Music
    Label: Equilibrium   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 10/05/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christopher Rouse,  Michael Udow,  Dave Hollinden,  Gerald Shapiro  ... 
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  • 61.
    Daugherty: American Icons / Zinman, Stenz, Miller, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458145 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Paul Crossley,  Christopher Van Kampen,  Alex Sweeton,  Lisa Bielawa  ... 
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  Markus Stenz,  Michael Daugherty,  David Alan Miller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  Dogs of Desire
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  • 62.
    1999 TMEA All-state Bands
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 2999 Release Date: 01/01/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nancy Galbraith,  Howard Hanson,  Mark Camphouse,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Conductor:  James Keene,  Gary Green,  Jack Stamp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Texas All State AAA Band,  Texas All State Concert Band,  Texas All-State 4a Symphonic Band
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  • 63.
    1999 WASBE / University Of Calgary Wind Ensemble
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 3139 Release Date: 01/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Zappa,  Michael Daugherty,  Ney Rosauro,  Henry Kucharzyk  ... 
    Conductor:  Glenn D. Price
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Calgary Wind Ensemble
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  • 64.
    Texas A&M University Symphonic Band - 1999 TMEA
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 2955 Release Date: 01/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl King,  Michael Daugherty,  Edward Gregson,  Clifton Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Timothy Rhea
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Texas A&M University Symphonic Band
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  • 65.
    Texas Tech University Symphonic Wind Ensemble Live In Concert
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 3372 Release Date: 01/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Michael Daugherty,  Adam Gorb,  David Gillingham  ... 
    Conductor:  J. Cody Birdwell,  Keith Bearden
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Texas Tech University Symphonic Wind Ensemble
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  • 66.
    La Morte Dell' Oom (No Pah Intended)
    Label: Mark Custom Recording Service,   Catalog: 2808 Release Date: 01/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty,  James Self,  John Stevens,  James Barnes  ... 
    Performer:  Symphonia Perusina members
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  • 67.
    Daugherty: Jackie O / Houston Grand Opera
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 455591 Release Date: 08/12/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Stephanie Novacek,  Nicole Heaston,  Eric Owens,  Bruce Brown  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Larkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Grand Opera Orchestra,  Houston Grand Opera Chorus
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  • 68.
    Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony / Zinman, Baltimore
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 452103 Release Date: 01/28/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Herbert Greenberg,  Emily Controulis,  Mark Sparks
    Conductor:  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Daugherty, Dahl, Et Al / Green, U. Of Miami Wind Ensemble
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 212 Release Date: 12/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Colgrass,  Clark McAlister,  Ingolf Dahl,  Michael Daugherty
    Conductor:  Gary Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Miami Wind Ensemble
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  • 70.
    Howl, U.S.A. / Kronos Quartet
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79372 Release Date: 06/04/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lee Hyla,  Scott Johnson,  Harry Partch,  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Allen Ginsberg,  Ben Johnston
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
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  • 71.
    Label: Opus One   Catalog: 138 Release Date: 01/20/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward Jay Miller,  Michael Daugherty
    Performer:  Lawrence McDonald,  Gregory Fulkerson,  Peter Takács,  Michael Daugherty  ... 
    Conductor:  Larry Rachleff,  Michel Singher
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oberlin Wind Ensemble,  Oberlin Chamber Orchestra,  Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble
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  • 72.
    The University Of Texas Wind Ensemble At Carnegie Hall
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 2697 Release Date: 01/01/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Richard Wagner,  Traditional,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Conductor:  Jerry Junkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Texas Wind Ensemble
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