Daniel Wolfert is a Tacoma-based composer, vocalist, writer, and teacher. He works primarily in the genres of contemporary art music, musical theater and a cappella pop. A 2016 graduate of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, Daniel has had works performed on both sides of the U.S. and in the city of London. Daniel is also a prolific writer, with published works of entertainment journalism, short fiction and prose. He currently works as a Music Specialist at the Gordon Family YMCA in Sumner, WA, teaches voice and piano privately, is a member of the Seattle-based vocal ensemble The Esoterics, and musically directs musical theater productions in the Puget Sound area. His other notable qualities include being an avid reader, mediocre chef and terrible dancer. Thanks for stopping by, and happy reading!
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2012 – 2016 Bachelor of Arts in Music – University of Puget Sound, Tacoma WA
Cumulative GPA of 3.67 | Student of classical voice under Dr. Steven Zopfi | Student of classical composition under Dr. Robert Hutchinson | Training in all five species of counterpoint | Studies in Western Art Music History, Renaissance to the Present | Studies in American Musical Theater History | Studies in Vocal Pedagogy | Studies in Choral Conducting
2014 California Summer Music Festival – Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
Studied privately under Dr. David Tcimpidis | Attended daily lectures on form and orchestration | Attended weekly masterclasses on composition students’ works | Attended composition masterclasses with guest professor Dr. Louis Karchin
2016 – Present Private Voice/Piano Instructor – Self-Employed
Private vocal instruction | Private piano instruction | Taught basic and intermediate music theory and literacy, including pitch, rhythm, harmony, key signatures and time signatures | Taught basic and intermediate vocal technique, including breath support and vowel modification | Taught both classical vocal technique and musical theater/belting | Taught basic and intermediate piano technique, including fingerings and arpeggiations | Wrote workbooks to create tracks through which students could progress
2016 – Present Music Specialist – Gordon Family YMCA, Sumner, WA
Piano Instructor for students ages 9 – 14 | Voice Instructor for students ages 15 and up | Music Teacher for introductory music classes for students age 2 – 5 | Event organization and planning | Worked with children and adults of all ages | Taught basic music theory and literacy | Taught basic piano technique and fingerings | Taught basic vocal technique and performance | Wrote workbooks to create tracks through which students could progress | Coordinated with the arts director to ensure a coherent academic trajectory for music students
2016 Music Consultant – 2016 Production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Univ. of Puget Sound, Theater Arts Department
Four arrangements of Scottish, British and American folks songs for 10 college-age voices, tambourine and double bass | Led rehearsals to teach arrangements to performers | Musically directed arrangements’ performances in rehearsals | Coordinated with Theatrical Director to ensure a cohesive and coherent presentation of music within the production
2015 – 2016 Arts and Entertainment Journalist – The Puget Sound Trail, Univ. of Puget Sound
Wrote one article per week at minimum concerning an arts or entertainment event affecting the Univ. of Puget Sound community | Worked quickly and efficiently to turn in weekly first drafts and edits of articles on time for print production | Conducted thorough and professional interviews with relevant persons | Remained objective concerning subjects within articles
2014 Composer – 2014 Production of Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker, Univ. of Puget Sound, Theater Arts Department
Composed incidental music for solo Bb clarinet for transitions between scenes | Set one scene of text to song for Bb clarinet and vocal ensemble | Taught vocal ensemble their part in rehearsals | Coached musical scenes in rehearsal | Worked with theatrical director to ensure the music’s composition and direction was appropriate for the sinister and fantastical tone of the show’s production
2013 – 2016 Student Blogger – Univ. of Puget Sound, Office of Communications
Wrote ten blog posts per semester concerning life as a student at the Univ. of Puget Sound
2016 Roles of Man Bird/Lizard/Great and Terrible Frog/Mole 3 – Tacoma Musical Playhouse Family Theater’s 2016 Production of A Year with Frog and Toad
2016 – Present Tenor – New Music Vocal Ensemble The Esoterics, Seattle, WA
Attended weekly, three-hour rehearsals | Rehearsed primarily in small subset ensembles | Prepared an hour’s worth of contemporary classical a cappella choral music within six weeks
2014 – 2016 Musical Co-Director – Mixed voice pop a cappella ensemble Underground Sound, Univ. of Puget Sound
Led musical rehearsals of up to 16 people twice a week | Arranged pop music for SATB ensemble with vocal percussionist | Created and distributed scores and MIDI tracks | Lead tenor and bass sectionals | Coached soloists on vocal technique and performance| Scheduled rehearsals | Ran social media and publicity through the student newspaper, Facebook and Instagram | Composed original song “The Horizon Is Ours” for the ensemble
2012 – 2016 Tenor – Adelphians Concert Choir, Univ. of Puget Sound
Attended rehearsals every week day | Sang repertoire ranging from Renaissance madrigals to the work of living composers | Prepared and memorized an hour’s worth of music every eight weeks | Tenor Section Leader 2015 -2016
Honors and Awards
2016 Selection of short prose piece Five Myths of the Creation of Daniel Wolfert for digital publication – Creative Colloquy, Tacoma, WA
2016 Honorable Mention for short story Pepita’s Daughter – Esther B. Wagner Fiction Contest, English Department, Univ. of Puget Sound
2015 Selection of short story Pepita’s Daughter for digital publication – Creative Colloquy, Tacoma, WA
2015 John Gravatt Music Scholarship for demonstration of musical insight into Broadway history for academic essay Puppetry and Prostitution: Musical Integrity in the Songs of The Cradle Will Rock – Univ. of Puget Sound, Music Department
2013 Honorable Mention for short story Perhaps If – 2013 Rising Star Creative Writing Competition