Arts & Culture

Composer in Residence

Building and Inspiring Community with Music

Music is a fundamental form of expression that connects cultures and creates bonds. As Hans Christian Andersen said, “Where words fail, music speaks.”

The Composer in Residence is a 10-week program that supports individual musicians in developing and performing compositions. The Composer in Residence offers free one-on-one consultations, workshops, and public performances.

This program is sponsored by Sun Life.

Meet Daniel Pelton

2020 Composer in Residence

Award-winning musician Daniel Pelton grew up in a musical household and has been playing saxophone since the age of nine. Studying under Dr. Jeremy Brown at the University of Calgary, Daniel became a versatile performer in classical, jazz, and contemporary music styles. Daniel also studied composition under Juno Award-winning composer Allan Gordon Bell.

Beyond the academic music world, Daniel’s acclaimed horn band Long Time No Time has played stages across Western Canada. Daniel’s work with the group has led to musical collaborations with diverse organizations such as Calgary FanExpo, Calgary Public Library, Canadian Country Music Week, and CJSW 90.9FM. Daniel has also led many small ensembles in providing musical ambiance for private and corporate events.

Daniel recently returned to the University of Calgary to lead a collaborative project between Long Time No Time and the University of Calgary Jazz Orchestra. Daniel’s original compositions and arrangements for big band were recorded live in front of a sold-out audience at the National Music Centre. The final product from that concert, entitled Big Time (Live at the National Music Centre), put Daniel’s work in the spotlight of press outlets including The Calgary Herald and CBC Radio.


Daniel is an experienced educator who has taught privately and at various studios over the past 10 years. Whether one-on-one lessons or larger group settings, Daniel has experience teaching saxophone, flute, clarinet, guitar, musical improvisation, and music composition to all age groups and skill levels.

Daniel prides himself on building musical bridges. Whether those bridges connect genres, institutions, or people, Daniel hopes his music can inspire community, and he is excited to see what bridges can be built during his residency.