Dr. Daniel Barta is Chair of the Department of Music and Performing Arts and Professor of Music Theory and Composition. From 1994-2007, he was Chair of the Theory and Composition Department at Cairn University. Dr. Barta holds the B.Mus., M.Mus. and DMA from Temple University, where he studied with Clifford Taylor, Maurice Wright and Matthew Greenbaum. His portfolio includes compositions in all genres, including solo, chamber, choral and orchestral works.
In spring 2013, two commissioned choral works were premiered, including Psalm 46 for the International Schools of China Choral Festival in Tianjin, China. Dr. Barta has collaborated with storyteller Roger Petersen, Ph.D. on a set of Hans Christian Andersen stories for storyteller and chamber ensemble, recorded on the recently released CD, The Pen and the Inkwell. In addition, he has written for Sharon Sweet (soprano), David Kim (concertmaster, Philadelphia Orchestra) and Ann Martindale Williams (cellist, Pittsburgh Symphony). Two of his works for keyboard, Suite for Piano and Toccata Joyeuse for organ, have been released on the DTR label. He is published by Concordia and Choristers Guild.