Daniel Schwandt

DMA - Organ

Daniel Schwandt is currently a doctoral student in organ performance at the University of Notre Dame and Music Associate at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in South Bend. He earned his Master of Sacred Music degree at Notre Dame under the tutelage of Douglas Reed and Craig Cramer. He also studied church music at St. Olaf College as an organ student of John Ferguson. Prior to graduate studies, he served as a church and seminary musician in Chicago, the Twin Cities, and in his native Wisconsin. His interests cover the spectrum of the church musician’s art—from choral conducting and composing, to liturgical theology and congregational song. Schwandt is in demand as a recitalist, hymn festival leader, organ consultant, and workshop presenter. His music is published through Augsburg Fortress, GIA, and MorningStar. His doctoral research is focused on the life and music of twentieth-century organist, composer, and pedagogue, David N. Johnson.

Representative Works


Ding Dong! Merrily on High – SATB, organ. MorningStar Music Publishers - MSM-50-1148. 2020.

A Polish Lullaby: Lulajze Jezuniu – Polish carol, arranged for SSAATBB choir. MorningStar Music Publishers- MSM-50-1146. 2020.


Renewal & Tradition: Music in Worship in a Post-Reformation 500 Age – Plenary address at the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians “Hearts, Hands, Voices” Regional Gathering, Schaumberg, IL. September 22, 2018


Come Join the Dance: Hymn Playing Masterclass – Institute of Liturgical Studies, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN. April 10 & 11, 2018


Called into Being: A Hymn Festival – Vi Messerli Memorial Lectures in Church Music, Concordia University, Chicago, River Forest, IL. October 21, 2019