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Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition


  • 2008-2012 University of California at San Diego - Doctor of Philosophy in Music (Composition)
  • 2006-2008 University of California at San Diego - Master of Arts in Music (Composition)
  • 2002-2006 Oberlin Conservatory of Music - Bachelor of Music in Composition

Research Interests

  • Composition
  • Philosophy and practice of notation
  • Unconventional expressive potentialities of musical material and structure, including
  • aspects of embodied perception, memory, and advanced instrumental mechanics
  • Historical keyboard instruments, repertoire, and performance practice
  • Bach studies


  • 2010-present -- College Music Society
  • 2008-present -- Broadcast Music, Inc.


Daniel Tacke (b. 1985) is a composer, educator, and performer of keyboard instruments. He holds degrees in composition from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BMus, 2006) and the University of California at San Diego (MA, 2008, PhD, 2012), where he also taught as a Graduate Music Fellow. From 2011-2013 he taught as Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music before accepting a position as Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Arkansas State University. His most recent compositions have centered around veiled and fragmented expressivities stemming from unconventional instrumental sonorities and subjective qualities of human experience such as embodiment and memory. His works have been performed and recorded in the United States and abroad by Duo Echo, Ensemble Bonne Action, the Formalist Quartet, the Kenners, the Palimpsest New Music Ensemble, and the Red Light New Music Ensemble, among others. He has been awarded the BMI Young Composer Award (2006) and the Walter E. Aschaffenburg Prize (Oberlin, 2006), and in 2010 was the recipient of a Meet the Composer MetLife Creative Connections Grant. As a pianist he was awarded the Advanced Certificate with Distinction by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (England, 2000). More recently, as an organist and harpsichordist he specializes in North German baroque music and the works of J. S. Bach, an area of research and performance that resonates deeply with his activities as a composer.

Daniel Tacke

Contact Information

P: (870) 680-8091


Building: Fine Arts Center
Room: 135