Composer Daniel C Pappas writes music in varying styles ranging from Orchestral to Chamber, Solo, and Electro-Acoustic. Daniel’s music has been featured on several new music festivals including, the BGSU New Music Festival, the annual UNCG New Music Festival, the New Music Festival at Methodist University, and xMUSE at the University of South Carolina. Performances of his works have also taken place at both regional and national College Music Society conferences. Pappas frequently collaborates with orchestras in Germany where he first studied music. He has won awards and recognition for several of his works including his orchestral piece The Silence About Heaven, which enjoyed a successful German premier in 2006.

Dr. Pappas is on the faculty of Fayetteville Technical Community College in NC and serves as their music program coordinator. He is also active as a contracted television composer for most all major networks. His music has appeared on shows such as Good Morning America, World News with Diane Sawyer, and 20/20.
Dr. Pappas is the founder and director of the annual American Music Festival presented by FTCC, which presents important works by 20th century American composers, an evening of jazz, and premiers/presents new works by living composers. He is also a member of the newly founded All-American Jazz Quintet and curates a concert series called “FTCC After Dark”.

Pappas holds degrees from Grace College and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he studied composition with Mark Engebretson. Daniel completed his doctorate degree in composition at the University of South Carolina, where he studied with John Fitz Rogers and Reginald Bain. Pappas has also had the opportunity to be coached by renowned composers Paul Lanksy, Jacob ter Veldhuis, and Libby Larsen to name a few. His pre-college composition teacher is the Schott published German composer Henning Brauel.