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Daniel Levy is a teaching artist, an award-winning composer, and a working musician in New York City, where he writes scores for plays, musicals, opera, and film. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music composition from Miami University and a master’s degree in musical theater writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
As a curriculum writer and consultant, Daniel is also a leader in arts program design. His unique perspective and musical insights have energized workshops, classes, and new curricula in New York City since 1988. He has worked in association with the 92nd Street Y Educational Outreach Center, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, Lincoln Center Education, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Young Audiences New York, and the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Daniel led the first four years of Carnegie Hall’s noted music workshop for inmates at Sing Sing Correctional Facility. His current classroom practice includes composing and music technology workshops in association with the Little Orchestra Society and leading the Solera String Quartet’s Project Music Heals Us Beethoven Immersion workshop at the Danbury Federal Correctional Facility.
A native of the Midwest, Daniel began performing professionally as a bass player and lead singer at the age of thirteen. After moving to New York, in 1986, he quickly established working relationships with local and regional theaters (including the Red Bull Theater, Shakespeare & Company, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Manhattan Ensemble Theater, La MaMa, Juilliard, and Fordham University Lincoln Center) and musicians (including the Hindustani singer Falu and the Texas-style fiddler David “Doc” Wallace). In 1999, he won the Richard Rodgers Development Award for his opera The Singing. His artistic residencies include those at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood, Florida, and the HERE Arts Center, in New York City.
Daniel is a member of the Teaching Artists Guild, the National Guild for Community Arts Education, ASCAP, and the Dramatists Guild of America.