Daniel Barta is the former Chair of the Department of Music and Performing Arts and Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York, where he now teaches courses in music theory. He holds the B.Mus., M.Mus., and D.M.A. from Temple University, where he studied with Clifford Taylor, Maurice Wright, and Matthew Greenbaum. His portfolio includes compositions in all genres, including solo, chamber, choral, and orchestral works. In spring 2013, two commissioned choral works were premiered, including “God Is Our Refuge and Strength” for the International Schools of China Choral Festival in Tianjin, China. He has written for Sharon Sweet (soprano), David Kim (Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster), and Ann Martindale-Williams (Pittsburgh Symphony principal cellist). In addition, he composed incidental music for a set of Hans Christian Andersen stories for storyteller and chamber ensemble, which has been recorded on The Pen and the Inkwell. Two of his works for keyboard, Suite for Piano and Toccata Joyeuse for organ, have been recorded and released on the DTR label. He is published by Concordia and Choristers Guild.