Dr. Daniel Worley

Lecturer, Composition


A native of Louisville Kentucky, Daniel has a D.M.A. in Music Composition from the University of Michigan and a B.M. in Theory/Composition (Guitar emphasis) from the University of Louisville. He’s received commissions from the Albany Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, SEAMUS/ASCAP, and saxophonist Timothy McAllister among others. His dissertation, Freak Show, was the first concept album accepted as a dissertation by a major composition program. In the last 15 or so years Daniel has: built and run two recording studios; produced, recorded and/or mastered more albums than he can remember, including records from his roots-rock band CityGoat, the experimental improvisation ensemble, the Trace Trio, and most recently Midnight Sun, Morning Moon with vocalist Jennifer Diamond and saxophonist Dave Clark, and High Crimes with The Afrophysicists; taught composition, electronic music, orchestration, counterpoint, guitar, music production, and the History of Rock and Roll, at UofM, UofL, Centre College, and Bellarmine University. He is currently performing as often as possible as a guitarist and/or singer-songwriter, both with jam-band 4th Street Station, and as part of the Diamond/Worley/Clark trio, and is now the newest guitarist in the Louisville based Afrobeat band The Afrophysicists.