Joseph Dangerfield’s creative voice has been garnering much attention over the past several years, with performances of his works throughout the United States and abroad. American presenters include the Society of Composers Inc., the MusicX Festival at the Cincinnati Conservatory, the San Francisco New Music Festival, and the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music. His instrumental and chamber compositions have also been performed at such international venues as the Moscow Conservatory, the Frankfurter KuenstlerKlub, the Conservatorio di Giuseppe Tartini (Trieste, Italy) and in Cairo, Egypt.
Born in 1977, he began his composition studies at Marshall University (BFA 1999) with Michael Golden. He completed his master’s degree at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, working with Marilyn Shrude and Mikel Kuehn, and received a doctorate in 2005 from the University of Iowa, following studies under David Gompper.
Dangerfield is the recipient of many awards and recognitions, including The Young and Emerging Composers Award (2002), ASCAP Standard Awards, and the Henry and Parker Pelzer Prize for Excellence in Composition (2005). Most recently, he was awarded a Fulbright Grant to the Russian Federation for the 2009-10 academic year. He will lecture, compose, and conduct at the famed Moscow Conservatory. He was selected for a three-week independent senior residency in the Leighton Studios of the prestigious Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, which he completed in January 2008. Recordings of his works are available on the Albany Records label, and many are published by European American Music and PIP Press Music Publications.
Originally trained as a pianist, Dangerfield is active as a performer and conductor throughout the United States. He has conducted in New York City, and was recently invited to conduct in Vienna and Prague for a festival to be held in June 2009.
He currently resides in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he is Assistant Professor of music composition and theory, as well as the director of orchestral activities at Coe College.