College of Liberal Arts
UT Arlington Music
UT Arlington Music Department

Mr. Dan Cavanagh

Chair of the Department of Music, Professor
Area: Jazz, Composition

Phone: 817-272-3471
Office Location: FA 101
Degree(s): M.M. University of Oregon, B.M. St. Olaf College
Mentis Profile:

Dan Cavanagh is a composer and pianist who has garnered numerous awards in both areas. He received a 2009 gold medal prize from the National Academy of Music’s International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition. His jazz piano trio was a finalist in the 2013 Bucharest International Jazz Competition, and he was a finalist in the 2011 Jacksonville Jazz Piano competition. Cavanagh received Honorable Mention in the 2007 Gil Evans/IAJE Commission Competition, Featured Performance at the 2006 International Jazz Composers’ Symposium, finalist in the 2002 and 2005 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers competitions, among other awards. His music continues to be performed across the country and internationally. He has received commissions from a wide range of jazz and classical groups across North America and Europe. His music can be found on a variety of American jazz and classical recordings, including Confronting Inertia by trumpeter John Adler, his big band record, Pulse, trio record with Joe McCarthy and Linda Oh, The Heart of the Geyser, and two duo recordings with Dave Hagedorn, Horizon and 20 Years. Cavanagh’s music is published by Sierra Music Publications, Walrus Music (eJazzLines), UNC Jazz Press, and Echo Composers.

Cavanagh is the founding Artistic Director and pianist of the American Jazz Composers Orchestra, a big band dedicated to performing music written by living American composers. He has performed with Grammy-winners Joe McCarthy and Irma Thomas, and many leading jazz musicians. Cavanagh serves as the Chair and Professor of Music at The University of Texas at Arlington. More at