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Zachary C. Daniels received a BA in Music, with an emphasis in Composition and Double Bass performance, from Drury University in 2014. His music explores a variety of areas, including chamber music, electroacoustic works, improvisation, and experimental music. His music is all under ASCAP rights, and published by Divisi Labs. Zach received his Masters degree in music composition from the University of Oklahoma in May of 2016, and his D.M.A. in composition from the same institution in May of 2019. Zach is also the Owner and lead developer for Divisi Labs.

Zach Daniels, a native to Springfield, Missouri, began composing in 2007 in response to a project for his orchestra class in high school. Over time, he taught himself much of the basics of music composition and theory and conducted his first public performance of his music in 2008 by Glendale High School's Advanced Orchestra. This first premiere, of September 11th , helped secure his assertions that he wanted to study composition as a profession and earn a Doctorate in the field to eventually teach at the University level. Seeking to further his craft, Zach contacted Dr. Carlyle Sharpe at Drury University for a lesson in composition, and guidance on what steps to take next. Over the next two years, Dr. Sharpe mentored him until the time Zach was accepted into Drury University, and continued to mentor him throughout the undergraduate studies.


Shortly after graduating from Drury University, Zach moved to Norman, Oklahoma, where continued his studies at the University of Oklahoma School of Music, serving as the composition area graduate assistant. He received his Masters degree in music composition from the University of Oklahoma in May of 2016, and his DMA in 2019 also in music composition. Zach continues to advocate for new music everywhere, and overhauled the "Composing Tomorrow" new music series at OU, and also founded the "Oklahoma Student Composers Workshop Event," a one-day workshop focused on exposing composers to other people's music not in their immediate area, and gaining valuable insight from colleagues at other institutions. He also served as part of the first iteration of the SCI Student Council, where students from across the country address SCI and composer-based problems from the student perspective as part of a new initiative to strengthen the core of SCI's most active, yet least heard membership area: students directly under the executive leadership board.


In 2018, Zach finished a two-year long endeavor to preserve the highly important set of works by Mario Davidovsky: "Synchronisms" by remastering the aging tape parts, and creating an application that makes performances of the Synchronisms a much more attainable feat for those with little to no experience with electronic music. Another activity of interest, advocating new music, has resulted in the creation of a weekly talk show in which he, and his co-host Jacob Frost, talk about relevant composition-related topics and seek to keep an archive of current events through the eyes of composers. Another significant aspect of Zach's endeavors relates to his love of improvisational and experimental music, for which he was given leadership of the New Century Improve Ensemble at OU School of Music for several years. Under his guidance, the group has accepted submissions from composers across the globe seeking to get their improvisational and experimental music performed, re-introduced the concept of a laptop ensemble to the University of Oklahoma, and delved into the highly experimental realm of music by performing important works such as the La Monte Young Compositions 1960, Terry Riley's In C, and more recent works deserving their place in the repertoire.


Aside from composition, Zach is a large advocate for music education and even presided as the founding president of the Drury Music Alliance, a brand new music advocacy group at Drury University. He still performs regularly on a variety of instruments including: Double Bass, Cello, Violin, Percussion, Piano, Theremin, Synthesizers, and a variety of home-made instruments which he regularly features in his own compositions. Zach also moonlights as an online content creator for three separate youtube channels where he shares expertise in areas including music, video games, electronics, and more. Zach also enjoys architectural design and building computers. These computers and servers he builds include those for personal use, as well as friends and family. Along with these things, he is also an avid programmer and website developer. These skills mostly take precedent in creating tools to make composers' lives easier as well as automating his day-to-day life for both personal and work purposes. These services, housed under Divisi Labs as part of "Polyphony" are available to all who desire it.

Zach Daniels, a native to Springfield, Missouri, has had his music performed by groups across North America. Zach started his musical journey halfway through 6th grade, on Cello. Although initially a poor player, he continued on Cello through high school. In 9th grade, he was given an assignment in his orchestra class to write an 8 measure solo for cello and perform it for a grade. He immediately took off, writing a 31 measure Cello solo, (the most his free software would allow!) and taking off from there, self-taught. His director learned about his compositions a year later which lead to his first composition premier, September 11th in May of 2008. After this premier, he was directed to go Study under Carlyle Sharpe over at Drury. Since then, he has written over 200 works including; 5 Symphonies, 5 String Quartets, and a short one-act musical. His music employs ensembles ranging from Cello Duets and Solos, all the way to full symphony orchestra plus chorus. His primary instrument as of late is the Double Bass, having played it for the Springfield Youth Symphony and also served as Principal Bassist his senior year at Glendale High School.

Zach earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition at Drury University, where he performed in both of the Universitiy Orchestras, two Jazz ensembles, and the Wind Symphony. Other performances included student recitals, musicals, and freelance gigging. He continued to play cello in small ensemble settings, although preferring to play Double Bass as his primary instrument of choice. Zach has also become an adept conductor in his own right, preferring to conduct his own premiers feeling that the best way to control how a new piece will be received is by being on the podium. His music is very popular with performers looking to end their capstone recitals with a bang, as he has already writtenfor several and is currently writing more on request. Outside of the university setting, his music has been recorded in studios in Branson, MO and commissioned by such organizations as the Missouri Historical Society. As a senior composition major at Drury University, Zach was required to host a concert of his own music on campus and did so, even managing to premier three new pieces, and bringing back old favorites such as Descent to Madness, and the finale from his fifth String Quartet. His Senior Seminar project culminated in his writing a gargantuan symphony, Galaxy which was presented as a Sib7 sounds realization to fellow composers, friends, and University faculty.

Shortly after graduating from Drury University, Zach moved to Norman, Oklahoma, where continues his studies at the University of Oklahoma School of Music, also serving as the school of music's composition area graduate assistant. He received his Masters degree in music composition from the University of Oklahoma in May of 2016, and is currently pursuing a DMA in music composition. Zach continues to advocate for new music everywhere, and runs the "Composing Tomorrow" new music series, as well as spearheading the new "Oklahoma Student Composers Workshop Event," a one-day workshop focused on exposing composers to other people's music not in their immediate area, and gaining valuable insight from colleagues at other institutions. He is part of the first iteration of the SCI Student Council, where students from across the country address SCI and composer-based problems from the student perspective as part of a new initiative to strengthen the core of SCI's most active, yet least heard membership area: students.

In 2018, Zach finished a two-year long endeavor to preserve the highly important set of works by Mario Davidovsky: "Synchronisms" by remastering the aging tape parts, and creating an application that makes performances of the Synchronisms a much more attainable feat for those with little to no experience with electronic music. Another activity of interest, advocating new music, has resulted in the creation of a weekly talk show in which he, and his co-host Jacob Frost, talk about relevant composition-related topics and seek to keep an archive of current events through the eyes of composers. Another significant aspect of Zach's endeavors relates to his love of improvisational and experimental music, for which he was given leadership of the New Century Improve Ensemble at OU School of Music for several years. Under his guidance, the group has accepted submissions from composers across the globe seeking to get their improvisational and experimental music performed, ire-introduced the concept of a laptop ensemble to the University of Oklahoma, and delved into the highly experimental realm of music by performing important works such as the La Monte Young Compositions 1960, Terry Riley's In C, and more recent works deserving their place in the repertoire.

Aside from composition, Zach is a large advocate for music education and even presided as the founding president of the Drury Music Alliance, a brand new music advocacy group at Drury University. He still performs regularly on a variety of instruments including: Double Bass, Cello, Violin, Percussion, Piano, Theremin, Synthesizers, and a variety of home-made instruments which he regularly features in his own compositions. Zach also moonlights as an online content creator for three separate youtube channels where he shares expertise in areas including music, video games, electronics, and more. Zach also enjoys architectural design and building computers. These computers and servers he builds include those for personal use, as well as friends and family. Along with these things, he is also an avid programmer and website developer. These skills mostly take precedent in creating tools to make composers' lives easier as well as automating his day-to-day life for both personal and work purposes. His most intriguing hobby, however, is his continuous maintenance and improvement on his own set of Mjolnir Armor from the video game franchise "Halo."