bio

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 Cape Fear 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. 

Dr. Pappas is on the faculty of Fayetteville Technical Community College in NC. 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 and co-founder of the All-American Jazz Collective and curates a concert series called “FTCC After Dark”. In an effort to promote live jazz in Fayetteville, Daniel hosts a bi-weekly lunch hour jazz concert on the campus of FTCC, bringing faculty, staff, students, and community members together to perform and enjoy live jazz. 
 

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.