Dr. Daniel Perttu
Assistant Professor of Music Theory and  Composition
Coordinator, Music Theory Program


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Daniel Perttu is Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, where he is also the Coordinator of the Music Theory Program.  Previously he served as on the faculty at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he was the Coordinator of the Music Theory Division. 

His music has been performed in Europe, Asia, and throughout the United States. Performances of his music have occurred in arts festivals, new music festivals and concerts, solo recitals at the international, national, and regional levels, Society of Composers conferences, and College Music Society conferences. Recently, Perttu's music has been released on the Navona records label; one of his orchestral pieces is the title feature of the CD entitled Light and Shadow. Critics have characterized this piece as "blending mystery, action, and excitement," and have praised it as being "fantastic" and "superb." In addition, his fantasy for flute and piano, Gloamin, was recently released on the album entitled Lock and Key. Besides his CD releases, Perttu's music has been published by Editions Musica Ferrum, based in Athens, Greece, as well as BRS Music, Inc. (Indianapolis) and Dorn Publications (Boston). Perttu has also received various commissions and awards from throughout the country, the most recent of which was for the premiere of a piece or the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and Shenango Valley Chorale in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Daniel Perttu completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The Ohio State University, has a Master of Arts degree in composition, and a Master of Music degree with a double major in instrumental conducting and bassoon from Kent State University.  A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Kappa Lambda, he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree Williams College with a double major in music and English.  From Williams he graduated magna cum laude.  He has studied composition privately and in master classes with Thomas Wells, Donald Harris, Thomas Janson, Frank Wiley, Robert Rodriguez, Bright Sheng, Claude Baker, Don Freund, David Cutler, Gunther Schuller, and Samuel Adler.