Biography

The American / Swiss Composer Daniel Joseph Laubacher makes his home in Troinex (near Geneva), Switzerland. He grew up in Southern California, is married and has two children. Laubacher received his B.A., M.A., Ph.D. in music composition from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) where he studied composition with Peter Racine Fricker and Emma Lou Diemer and conducing with Varujan Kojian. In addition, he studied with the Viennese composer Alfred Uhl at the Hochschule (now Universitaet) für Musik in Vienna.

 

A certified and creative music educator, Daniel Laubacher has over a decade of experience working with children and young people between the ages of 4 and 18 in the international school environment (London, Kuwait, Vienna, Switzerland). He has lectured a wide variety of music courses (i.e., Vienna composers, music appreciation, theory, counterpoint, survey of opera, conducting, etc.) regularly in the Vienna Study Abroad Programs of several U.S. universitites. He founded the Danube Cultural Institute in Vienna (DCIV) and has set up music departments for international schools, developed orchestras, and has organised dozens of performances from school productions to large benefit concerts.

 

2013

Apple Distinguished Educator, Class of 2013

 

2011-2013

Teacher in Music Technology, ICT, Classroom Music, Institut International de Lancy (near Geneva)

 

2010

Educational Musical: “Turning Carbon into Gold,” an educational musical with script, incidental music, 8 songs (topics: global warming, greenhouse gases, climate change, renewable energy)

 

2009

Part-Time Performing Arts Teacher, St. Georges School, Neuchatel (from September 2009) Substitute Music Teacher, International School of Berne Composition: “Guggisberg Variations” for Orchestra (Symphonic Poem) Composition: “Company Policy - Concession in a Recession”, a full-length musical for the stage

 

2008

Part-time Music Teacher, International School of Berne (ISB) Song, “Our Circus World” for Project Week at ISB, June Educational Musical: “Racing to chase Alice the Albatross,” a musical (topic: effect of plastics on theEarth) for a summer English-learning programme in the Salzburg, Austria area, commissioned by the Amerika Institut (Vienna), August

 

2007

Part-time Music Teacher, ISB Educational Musical: “The Ring around the Circus,” a children’s musical for an English-learning programme in the Salzburg, commissioned by the Amerika Institut (Vienna), August Theater Music: incidental music for a production at Seidenberg School, Muri Composition: “The Essence of Simplicity” (ca. 10:00), a one-movement orchestral composition based on an original 12-tone row Composition: “The Snow Queen” (Die Schneekönigin, ca. 12:00), a symphonic poem for orchestra and SA “atmospheric choir” after Hans Christian Andersen (for Horbern School, Muri) Song, “Shining Lights” for Winter Festival, ISB, December

 

2006

Composition: “Analykah and the Wonder of Shisura”, one-act children’s opera for soloists, narrator, orchestra and children’s choirChoir Piece: “The Seasons as I remember”, SATB, written for the Choir of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC, premiered 9 June 2006, Geneva)Educational Musical : “The North Pole Pact” Arrangement: “Ricercar a 6” (J.S. Bach), for orchestra

 

2005

Lecturer, “Music in Vienna”, SLU, Winter-Spring Guest Lecturer: “The Creative Process of Mozart and Beethoven” for Artur Poczwardowski, Professor of Psychology Austrian premiere of organ composition “Friends we will always be” at the Schubert Church, Vienna by Wolfgang Lacovich

 

2004

Presenter of the notation program Finale 2004 in Eisenstadt and Oberwart, Austria for music teachers of wind and percussion instrumentsDirector / Founder, Danube Cultural Institute in Vienna (DCIV): Areas of responsibility include hosting and organising cultural events (concerts, plays, national festivals), head the adult education programme, provide private music lessons and review courses for IB students, organise activities for children (“Just-4-Kids”) and facilitate the extra use of Danube International School, Vienna.Educational Musical: “Hickory’s Trickery, A Halloween Story”, one-act school musical

 

2001-03

Creative-Active-Service (CAS) Coordinator, Danube International School, Vienna Presenter of Finale at the European Conference of Music Educators, South Tirol, October 2001Presenter of Finale 2002 at the Mid Europe “Fazinierende Bläsermusik” in Schladming, Austria Educational Musical: “Ray and the Pirates of the Lost Cove”, one-act school musical “Magic Bubble Circus”, one-act school musical

 

1998-2002

Head, Danube Performing Arts Centre, Danube International School, Vienna Lecturer, DePauw University School of Music, Indiana, USA – Exchange Programme in Vienna

 

1997

Conductor/Composer for the "Children of a Mind" Benefits Concert for Karlheinz Böhm's Menschen für Menschen in the Mozart Hall of the Konzerthaus, ViennaAppearances on Tip Kultur, Blue Danube Radio, Seiten Blicke, Zeit im Bild

 

1996

Music Director/Conductor: “Momo” Project (young professional musicians in Vienna) and students/faculty from Danube International School, Appearance on Blue Danube Radio, Vienna

 

1995-2003

Music Coordinator / Teacher, Danube International School

 

1995

Conductor/Founder, The Orchestra of the Arabian Penninsula (OAP) for the "Within the Walls..." Benefit Concert for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Kuwait Appearances on Kuwait Television, News in English and Arabic, Interview on “Good Morning Kuwait (Gulf Broadcast), Weekend Cultural Programme, Kuwait, and CNN World Report

 

1994-95

Director of Music, British School of Kuwait (ca. 1200 students, ages 3 to 17)

 

1993

New Creative Work Award for Composition "On a Sunday Afternoon at Oak Grove Park" Project Grants, Kensington and Chelsea Arts Council in London, March, June and November

 

1992-94

Conductor/Founder, Southbank International Youth Orchestra (SIYO), London (under the Patronage of Peter Gabriel)

 

1991-94

Head of Music, Southbank International School in London

 

1991

Ph.D. (Doctorate) University of California, Santa Barbara Dissertation: "The Music of Viennese Composer Alfred Uhl", UCSB

 

1989-91

Fulbright Teaching Assistant in English at the "Theresianischen Akademie" in Vienna

 

1990

Article: "Alfred Uhl’s Early Clarinet Period" in Journal THE CLARINET

 

1989-1990

Austrian Government Grant from The Federal Ministry for Science and Research (Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung) for dissertation research

 

1989

Associate Lecturer/Lecturer in Music, UCSB Registration Coordinator for the 1989 International Trumpet Guild Conference, UCSB

 

1988

Sherrill C. Corwin Metropolitan Theaters Award in Composition Stanley Krebs Memorial Prize in Musicology Article: "Mitchell Lurie's Approach to Alfred Uhl's 48 Etüden für Klarinette" in THE CLARINET

 

1987

M.A. UCSB - Music Composition Teaching Assistant Instructional Development Grant to produce the slide show “The Viennese Classical Era”, UCSB Humanities/Social Science Research Grant from the Graduate Division at UCSB for research in Vienna on composer Alfred Uhl

 

1986-88

University Assistant, UCSB - Music Appreciation, Music and Popular Culture in Twentieth-Century America, Survey of Twentieth-Century Music, University Symphony

 

1987-89

Graduate Conductor, University Symphony, UCSB

 

1986

Teaching Assistant Instructional Development Grant to write “A Guide to writing Concert Reviews” for the course Music Appreciation, UCSBB.A., UCSB - Music Composition (Highest Honors, College Honors, Distinction in the Major)

 

1983-85

Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna (Komposition bei Alfred Uhl)

 

1981

Single Subject Social Science Teaching Credential (1985 – Music)

 

1979

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in Business Economics

 

 

 

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