About Catherine

Short Biography

Catherine Dalton (b. 1963) specializes in vocal compositions that are inspired by classical, jazz, folk, world music and chant. Her music has been performed by such groups as Vox Femina Los Angeles, Aurora Chorus, Camerata Nova, and the internationally known new music ensemble Zeitgeist, in addition to singers Carrie Henneman-Shaw, Jeffrey Hess and Nicole Warner and numerous choirs across the United States and abroad.

Dalton’s choral works have been selected for National American Choral Directors (ACDA) and Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network (UUMN) Reading Sessions. She was selected to participate in Nautilus Music-Theater’s nationally recognized Composer-Librettist Studio and the Lehigh Composers Institute, was the winner of MacPhail’s Composition Scholarship and has received awards and grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC), Meet the Composer MetLife Creative Connections, and The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Commissions include Mahtomedi High School Women’s Choir, Champlin Park High School Treble Choir, Global Harmony Community Chorus, Community of Peace Academy High School Chorus, Mahtomedi High School Jazz I, and O.H. Anderson Elementary School.  

Notable composition teachers include Mary Ellen Childs, Elizabeth Alexander, and Gregory Theisen. In addition, she has studied song writing with Peter Mayer, piano with Reese Allison and Kathy Krueger, and voice with Barbara McAfee, Janice Porter, and Jeannie Brindley-Barnett.

Dalton currently lives in Mahtomedi, Minnesota with her husband, three children, two cats, and a guinea pig.

            

Photo credit: Rick Spaulding

Longer Biography

Catherine Dalton spent her childhood years first in the shadow of the Colorado Rocky Mountains and later surrounded by the lakes of Minnesota. Her early musical experiences included piano studies, singing in choirs and playing in bands. While at Hamline University, Dalton continued studying piano under Reese Allison while majoring in physics and computer science. After spending several years in the field of science education and earning her Master’s degree, Dalton returned to her passion for music.

Dalton has studied composition with Mary Ellen Childs, Elizabeth Alexander, Gregory Theisen and Victoria Ebel-Sabo. Additionally, she studied songwriting with Peter Mayer, piano with Kathy Krueger and voice with Jeannie Brindly-Barnett, Janice Porter and Barbara McAfee.

Dalton specializes in vocal compositions that are inspired by classical, jazz, folk, world music and chant.  Much of her fascination with world music and chant stems from her lengthy travels in Asia. The musical highlights of one year long trip include Tibetan monks chanting in the early morning hours in the monasteries of central Tibet, festive music accompanying a wedding procession, with the groom on horseback, down the streets of a village in India, and playing a Tibetan Gyaling at 12,000 feet in the Annapurna region of Nepal. This interest in Asia, her accreditation as a T’ai Chi Chih teacher and her family’s adoption of a son from Vietnam have led to some of her projects such as a commission to set a Hmong parable for Community of Peace Academy’s High School choir, her interest in composing chants, and her recent interest in Indian mysticism.

Dalton’s choral works have been selected for National American Choral Directors (ACDA) and Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network (UUMN) Reading Sessions. She was selected to participate in Nautilus Music-Theater’s nationally recognized Composer-Librettist Studio and the Lehigh Composers Institute, was the winner of MacPhail’s Composition Scholarship and has received awards and grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC), Meet the Composer MetLife Creative Connections, and The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Commissions include Mahtomedi High School Women’s Choir, Champlin Park High School Treble Choir, Global Harmony Community Chorus, Community of Peace Academy High School Chorus, Mahtomedi High School Jazz I, and O.H. Anderson Elementary School.  

Dalton currently lives in Mahtomedi, Minnesota with her husband, three children, two cats and a guinea pig. 

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