Discipline: Music Composition

Daniel Kingman

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Sacramento, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 1979, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1990

Daniel Kingman (1923-2003) was an American composer who was born in Los Angeles. After serving in World War II, he focused on his music career and attended Pomona College, the Eastman School of Music (M.A.), and Michigan State University (Ph.D.). He was professor of music at Sacramento State and active in a variety of symphonies, including Kronos Quartet, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet, and the Camellia Symphony. His compositions appear in operas, ballets, symphony orchestras, bands, and choir. Kingman was recipient of several composers’ awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. He authored a textbook in 1979.



Daniel Kingman worked in the Sprague-Smith studio.

In January of 1976, the original Sprague-Smith Studio — built in 1915–1916 and funded by music students of Mrs. Charles Sprague-Smith of the Veltin School — was destroyed by fire. Redesigned by William Gnade, Sr., a Peterborough builder, the fieldstone structure was rebuilt the same year from the foundation up, reusing the original fieldstone. A few…

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