Gawthrop, Daniel E (b Fort Wayne, Indiana, 21 October, 1949)
Daniel E. Gawthrop was born October 21, 1949 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. As a youth he sang in numerous school and church choirs, and studied piano, organ, and trombone. Later studies included organ performance and composition at Michigan State University and Brigham Young University.

Gawthrop served for three years as Composer-in-Residence to the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (of Fairfax, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C.) and has been the recipient of three grants from The Barlow Endowment for Musical Composition. He has been commissioned by dozens of institutions including the American Choral Directors Association through their prestigious Raymond Brock Memorial series, and has had works première in such distinguished venues as the Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the Salt Lake City Mormon Tabernacle, and Washington National Cathedral. His choral pieces have been performed by such eminent ensembles as The United States Air Force Singing Sergeants, the Gregg Smith Singers, the Turtle Creek Chorale, the Paul Hill Chorale, the American Boychoir, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Cathedral Choral Society (of Washington National Cathedral) and literally hundreds of other groups in the U.S. and abroad.

In addition to his work as a composer, Gawthrop has been active as a broadcaster, clinician and adjudicator, church musician, conductor, teacher (currently serving as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Shenandoah University), and writer (including a stint as music critic for The Washington Post). Gawthrop is a Life Member of the American Choral Directors Association and a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the music fraternity.