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Zachary C Daniels

Composer, Entrepreneur, Educator, Bassist

Zachary C Daniels is a Mexican-American composer and sound artist currently residing in Oklahoma City with his wife Ashlie. He earned his DMA in Composition in 2019 from the University of Oklahoma School of Music where he served as composition area GA, running the composition department's events, day-to-day activities, and more for 5 years. His music is typically very energetic, pulling in aspects of minimalism and experimentalism. Works such as Service, Please! or Nocturne for Dice have been accepted to national conferences, while pieces such as Time Will Decide for Wind Ensemble have won regional awards. Invited lectures have included work on extended flute techniques, his upcoming book, Polyphinite, and his work on the Davidovsky Synchronisms modernization project. Zach currenttly teaches Music Theory at Oklahoma City College, and Private String Instrument Instruction at Rose State College.

In addition to composition, Zach is an expressive and energetic conductor, as well as an active performer on Double Bass and Cello. He also gives lessons in composition and on several instruments.

This website hosts many features including, but not limited to: a full catalog of works to date, an up-to-date events list, access to recordings and biographies, and a personal blog, Fragments where I post things about my life as a composer.

Research is another frequent activity for Zach in fields including American music, extended technique, improvisatory music, and several composers' work such as Elliot Carter and John Cage. His primary research endeavors are currently aimed at "Polyphinite," a new method of composing music in the 21st century for which he is working on his first book.

Zach also runs Divisi Labs, a company featuring services for music transcription, web development, music publishing, and other creative endeavors. This website, and others like it, are hosted using software by Divisi Labs called 'Polyphony' that aims to make life as a composer easier.

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Recent Projects


Prayer for Peace Premiere
May 16, 2022

The Oklahoma Chamber Symphony will perform a free benefit concert for Ukraine on Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, located at 2424 N.W. 50th St. To include "Prayer for Peace" by Zachary Daniels. Full Story:

Oklahoma Skies
April 04, 2022

Oklahoma Skies, a night of Experimental Music, will take place this summer (exact date TBD) at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center and will be helmed by Zachary Daniels. The concert will feature works by local composers focusing on experimental music.

inner sOUndscapes
March 07, 2022

Zach's fixed media piece, "Service, Please!" has been selected for inclusion at the inner sOUndscapes: Alumni and Friends concert this April in Norman, OK.

Recycled Material at CMS Northwest 2022
February 01, 2022

Zach's Fixed Media piece, "Recycled Material" will be included at the March 2022 CMS Northwest Conference.

Service, Please! at NYCEMF
January 10, 2022

Zach's fixed media piece, "Service, Please!" has been selected for inclusion at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival this June!

A Minimal Journey Premiere
January 01, 2022

A Minimal Journey will be performed at the Missouri Music Educator's Association Reading Session run by MoASTA at the End of January, then premiered to the public in Oklahoma on February 20th, followed by a Missouri Premiere in May.

Upcoming Events

Oklahoma Skies: Chamber Music
Saturday, August 13th, 2022
7:00 pm CDT
Pieces Included
String Quartet 3 Lullaby
Oklahoma Skies: Chamber Music
Saturday, August 13th, 2022
7:00 pm CDT
Pieces Included
String Quartet 3 Lullaby
The Grind Coffee House Salon Concert
Friday, July 29th, 2022
7:00 pm CDT
Pieces Included
Winds of Time
New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF)
Monday, June 20th, 2022
12:00 pm CDT
Pieces Included
Service Please!
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Ukraine Benefit Concert
Saturday, May 21st, 2022
7:30 pm CDT
Pieces Included
Prayer for Peace
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