Dr. Daniel Barta has been Professor of Music Theory and Composition since 2007. From 2013-2021, he served as Chair of the Department of Music and Performing Arts. 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.
Two recent premieres include Ésaïe 61:1-3, composed for the Roberts Chorale tour of France shortly after the tragic burning of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Psalm 46 for the International Schools of China Choral Festival in Tianjin, China. Barta has also collaborated with storyteller Roger Petersen, Ph.D. on a set of Hans Christian Andersen stories for storyteller and chamber ensemble. The set was recorded and released as The Pen and the Inkwell. In addition, he was commissioned to compose for Sharon Sweet (soprano), David Kim (Concertmaster, Philadelphia Orchestra) and Ann Martindale Williams (Principal 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. His music is distributed by J.W. Pepper and Shaw Music.