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Animated artwork enlivens “Sea Creatures” for family concerts

An animated video is now available for use with Sea Creatures (for wind octet or full orchestra). In 2020 the Wichita Symphony Orchestra commissioned Scott Winters of Ion Concert Media to create the video. It was developed from artwork that Wichita Public School children created as they were inspired by Kallman’s music. The video is designed to synchronize with a live performance of the six-movement piece. Due to COVID restrictions, the Wichita Symphony presented the work virtually through the link above. Please check out the video, in which you can experience the animation, music and narration all together. Use the links below to obtain music and video for your own live performances.

Sea Creatures (score and parts) is available here: Full orchestra. Wind octet.

The video is available for purchase at Ion Concert Media.

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Philip Brunelle features Dan’s music on “Musical Moments”

Philip Brunelle, renowned conductor and artistic director of VocalEssence, plays excerpts of some of Dan’s music at his piano, sharing his insights into the work. Also, use this direct link to the Vocalessence website to browse a long list of posts in which Philip introduces us to composers of many eras, with the fascinating details that Philip always seems to dig up. Really fun!


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Women’s Chorus of Brigham Young to perform Kallman’s “My God Is a Rock”

The Women’s Chorus of Brigham Young University, under the direction of Sonja Poulter, will live-stream a performance of Daniel Kallman’s “My God Is a Rock” as part of their Winter Choirfest on Friday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. :

This free online concert will feature four of BYU’s auditioned choirs—Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus, Concert Choir and BYU Singers—in a varied program of classical and contemporary choral works. The link will become live at the time of the event. Please note that the recording will not be rebroadcast or archived online for public view.

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Down by the Riverside (SATB) will bring your audience to its feet!

Down by the Riverside (SATB) is now available to hear, view, and purchase.  This arrangement was the closing number on Our Children, Our World, a concert of my music in June 2019 (see earlier posts) and provides an opportunity to spotlight vocal and instrumental soloists and djembe ensemble. This uplifting arrangement of the popular spiritual carries us from the familiar tune to an African groove, as the plea for an end to violence builds to an urgent climax.

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Our Children, Our World: Music in Celebration of Nature

Our Children, Our World, Music of Daniel Kallman

On Thursday, June 20, at the Northfield Middle School, Kallman will be joined by musicians of all ages in this concert dedicated to the celebration of nature with an emphasis on the need to leave a livable planet to our children.  Liz Shepley (former Artistic Director of the Northfield Youth Choirs) and drummer Steve Jennings will assist. The concert features two children’s choirs, solo singers and instrumentalists, and a choir of high school singers and alums performing Kallman’s works in a variety of styles from concert pieces to jazz/pop/rock. Sponsored by the Northfield Arts Guild. This activity is made possible through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council in cooperation with a private foundation.

Thursday, June 20, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Northfield Middle School Auditorium, 2200 Division St. S., Northfield, MN
Tickets available at the Guild, 304 Division St. S., by calling 507-645-8877, or online at

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Hyfrydol settings for choir and instruments, for keyboard

Recently premiered and now available for use in worship:

Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (choral setting of HYFRYDOL with instruments), and a related solo keyboard version entitled Prelude on Hyfrydol. These were the result of a commission in 2017 from my home congregation to honor Rhonda Reece who retired after twenty-two years as Music Minister at Bethel Lutheran Church in Northfield, Minnesota. Thanks, Rhonda! And thanks to all the musicians who helped to put it together! Video of choral setting here (cue to 51:00).