Tennessee Tech music chair earns national recognition

For the seventh consecutive year, Gregory Danner, chairman of Tennessee Technological University's Department of Music and Art, has been honored with a cash award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

ASCAP annually recognizes members whose body of work has achieved popularity and prestige. The organization surveys members worldwide to determine what music is played and performed and then chooses certain composers and authors for the special awards. This year, ASCAP awarded over one half million dollars to about 1200 members selected by an independent panel of accomplished musicians, composers, critics and music directors. Danner has received such an award annually since 1989.

Danner, who has chaired the Department of Music and Art since 1994, earned a bachelor's degree from Southeast Missouri State, a master's from the Eastman School of Music and a doctorate from Washington University. He has composed, arranged and transcribed works for orchestra, symphonic wind ensemble, brass ensemble, chorus and other ensembles. Danner is also an associate professor and teaches music theory.

The results of Danner's music theory research have appeared in such journals as Music Perception, InterfaceJournal for New Music Research, Journal of Musicological Research and Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy.

As a hornist, Danner has performed with Missouri's St. Louis, Webster Groves and Gateway Festival orchestras and Louisiana's Baton Rouge, Rapides and Acadiana orchestras. He currently performs with the university's Bryan Symphony Orchestra.

Danner has served as a board member for the Louisiana Music Teacher's Association and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and as a partnership member in the Kennedy Center program "Performing Arts Centers and Schools: Partners in Education." He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra and serves as the state representative to the South Central Society of Music Theory.

Danner's most recent commissions include "Nova Aquilae" for the Kansas State University Brass Ensemble, which was performed at the International BrassFest in May 1995, and "Dedication" for the Charleston (Mo.) High School Band, which premieres in January. He recently published his 35th concert music piece, "Abaye's Game."

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