Why We Do This

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Why We Do This

“In an earlier chapter of my life I directed a nonprofit professional choir called The American Radio Choir. When I once sent out a call for scores for consideration in upcoming recordings, about 500 scores were submitted in approximately three days. I saw the need for these recordings was clear, but it was impossible to record 500 pieces working through the structure of the American Radio Choir. I created Composers’ Choir to give composers a pathway to make recordings a reality. Here you will not need to rely on hope or timing or luck. Your music will be recorded by a professional choir. It’s that simple.”

Dan Shaw – Founder and Artistic Director – Composers’ Choir

“I have been exceedingly impressed by the music performed by Dan’s group. The level of musicianship, sensibility and skill is of the highest standards. As a seasoned composer, I know that in this day and age I can’t just put a score out to performers and expect them to take the time to read it and hear it in their head. This is new music! It’s never been heard before! It’s a rare person who has the time to read a score, never mind the skill to hear music from a music score. For this reason you’ve got to offer an audio recording at the start; you’ve got to inspire a group to invest the time to purchase, rehearse and present a new work to the public.

What Dan’s group does is beyond this basic service, more than a basic reading of the music. His is a soup-to-nuts shop: He prepares a budget, gathers the ensemble, directs and rehearses the group, records the audio, then edits and masters it to the satisfaction of the composer. Finally, he helps promote a final product to other performing ensembles. He handles every step and communicates to me, the waiting composer, until the product is done. Each time he has completed a work for me I have been more than satisfied, more than pleased and more than amazed and impressed by the beauty of the sounds he creates. He is a gift to composers; well worth the investment to have your music presented at its best.”

Denise Ondishko, Ph.D.

“When I first received the email from Dan’s Composers’ Choir I thought that it was too good to be true. As time passed and we started corresponding and later working on the recording of my pieces, and later on their precise post-production and fine-tuning, I realized that even it requires a lot of detailed work, dreams really can come true. And both Composers’ Choir and Musidream helped them take shape and be realized. But even not less important, the entire process of working with Dan was very open, professional, and pleasant. I would highly recommend other composers to collaborate with Dan and his wonderful colleague musicians and engineers. Thank you very much Dan!”

Arye Geiman – Composer

“As a composer of ambitious choral music sometimes it has been difficult to find an ensemble that could accurately perform my work, let alone interpret these pieces with depth and tonal beauty.  Even after winning international choral music competitions, I found the idea of recording and sharing my compositions with a broader audience daunting.  When I received an email from Dan’s Composers’ Choir I wasn’t sure what to expect but after listening to some extraordinary samples of their recordings I decided that this was the level of professionalism that I sought.  What I didn’t anticipate was such a high level of musicianship from every single performer and the conductor worked closely with me and an engineer to get every detail right.  I am now planning on releasing this work on my upcoming CD and I hope to work with Composers’ Choir again soon!”

Justin Ruben – Composer

“What composer does not want his/her music performed? And has not thought of forming a group to sing it! But which of us has the time, the drive, and access to the needed vocal talent? So, we continue to write, and to promote our offerings as best we can, and to hope that someday, somewhere, that latest work we labored over gets performed.

When I heard about the Composer’s Choir, I had the usual questions about the quality – the vocalists, the choral mix, the recording, the interpretation, etc., but I dipped my toe in the water and asked for a recording, and was pleased beyond my expectations in every way. This has made my work “real” to the friends that I have shared it with, and is a promotional asset on the website where my music is listed.”

Bill Sherrill – Composer


Daniel Shaw; Founder and Artistic Director

cache_2950620004Daniel Shaw is a conductor, composer, and organist who lives in Hamden, CT. He received degrees in music (B.A. Dartmouth College), choral conducting (M.M. Emory University), and music education (M.M. University of Toronto).

In addition to being Founder and Artistic Director of the Composer’s Choir, Shaw is Artistic Director of the New Haven Oratorio Choir and serves as Minister of Music at First Church, Woodbridge, CT. Previously held positions include Minister of Music and St. Augustine’s Church, Assistant Conductor of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, Minister of Music at Middlefield Federated Church, Director of Choirs at the Zion Lutheran Church (Pittsburgh). Shaw is als the Founder and Artistic Director of the American Radio Choir (NYC).

He has served on the faculties of Duquesne University and John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. As a choral composer, Shaw has been received numerous commissions and his works are performed throughout the United States and Canada. Shaw’s music is published by Boosey and Hawkes.


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