Biography 

Experience & Education

Daniel Scott Watson is a versatile teacher and musician living in Central Indianapolis with over 10 years in the industry. Mr. Watson is a Choral Director at Greenwood Community School Corporation in Central Indiana where he teaches choirs and piano class at the high school and middle school. Mr. Watson is also an Associate Faculty of Voice at the IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology, where he teaches applied voice lessons to music majors and non-majors. Mr. Watson is the owner of Daniel Watson Music LLC, where he maintains an active private music studio and is regularly collaborating and performing in the community through conducting, piano and vocal performance, and composing. He previously worked as the Director of Music at Covenant Christian High School in Indianapolis where he taught choirs, band, and music theory. Mr. Watson graduated magna cum laude from the University of Indianapolis with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education studying piano with Dr. Richard Ratliff, voice with Dr. Kathleen Hacker, and composition with Dr. John Berners as his principal instructors. He recently completed his NCSA Graduate Fellowship, earning his Masters of Arts in Education in Instruction and Curriculum Design at York College, with a research focus in behavioral, cognitive, and emotional student engagement.

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Awards & Associations

Mr. Watson is the organist at Pleasant Run United Church of Christ, an ISSMA Adjudicator, travel tour manager at Voyageurs International and Assistant Choral Music Director for the Indiana Ambassadors of Music, and a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Indiana Choral Directors Association, and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Mr. Watson received the Outstanding Future Music Educator Award of 2015 from the Indiana Music Education Association as well as the NAfME 2014 & 2015 National Professional Achievement Award. In 2014, his performance of Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 3 earned him the Madge Cathcart Gerke Music Performance Award from the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation. Mr. Watson was featured as a guest composer and performer at the University of Indianapolis’ Friday Nights at the Keyboard Concert Series in "Ligeti and Watson" premiering his original piano composition Twelve Sweets for Piano: Études You Can Stomach. Having worked with composers such as William Bolcom, Ellen Taafee Zwilich, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Stacey Garrop, his compositions have been performed at Hilbert Circle Theatre, University of Indianapolis, and Butler University, and beyond. 

Community & Collaboration

Mr. Watson maintains an active teaching studio working with students of a wide range of experiences (beginner to professional musicians), ages (middle school to adult), and locations throughout the Greater Indianapolis Community. In addition to teaching, Mr. Watson is regularly collaborating and performing in the community through conducting, piano performance, and singing. Mr. Watson can be found singing tenor in the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir at the Hilbert Circle Theatre and the Palladium with his wonderful wife Bethany. He has performed and directed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and various university campuses. Through music, Mr. Watson aims to foster lifelong passions, memorable moments, and transformation and restoration. 

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