Dayton Hare is a composer and journalist. Born in Boulder, Colorado, he began his musical studies at age 11 with piano lessons. Currently pursuing a master's degree at Yale School of Music, he holds degrees with highest honors from the University of Michigan in Music Composition and English Language & Literature, with a minor in French, and received his high school diploma from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. His primary composition teachers have been Evan Chambers, Kristin Kuster, Roshanne Etezady, Bright Sheng, and Paul Schoenfeld. He has also participated in a variety of summer music festivals, including the Norfolk New Music Workshop, the Conservatoire américain de Fontainebleau, New Music on the Point, the Walden Creative Musicians Retreat, highSCORE, the European American Musical Alliance, and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Additionally, he has worked as a journalist covering the arts. In 2018 he was the Managing Editor of the Michigan Daily, the only remaining daily print newspaper in Ann Arbor, where he previously worked as a Senior Arts Editor and Classical Music Columnist. He is the a2view newsletter editor at the Ann Arbor Observer, and continues to freelance, covering music and books.

large ensemble


– (2023) 9'
Premiered 7 December 2023
Woolsey Hall, New Haven, CT

Pressure System

– (2023) 11'
Premiered 30 June 2023
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, MD

Vanishing Point

– (2019-2020) 7'
Premiered 19 February 2020
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI

small ensemble

butterfly effects

– (2023) 8'
string quartet
Premiered 5 October 2023
Sprague Recital Hall, New Haven, CT

Fits and Starts

– (2023) 6'
violin, percussion quartet
Premiered 9 February 2023
Sprague Recital Hall, New Haven, CT

I only ask

– (2022) 7'
violin, violin, cello, piano
Premiered 25 July 2022
Chateau de Fontainebleau, Île-de-France

An object of some concern

– (2021) 10'
piano trio
Premiered 2 July 2021
New Haven, CT (Virtual Event)

The Nature of Entropy

– (2019) 45'
percussion quartet
Premiered 13 April 2019
Hankinson Recital Hall, Ann Arbor, MI

Isolation of sky at evening

– (2018) 9'
scordatura string quartet
Premiered 28 April 2019
Kevreson Recital Hall, Ann Arbor, MI

Architecture of Silence

– (2017) 10'
violin, bassoon, percussion, piano
Premiered 4 March 2018
Hankinson Recital Hall, Ann Arbor, MI

still life: desert rain

– (2016) 5'
string quartet
Premiered 25 March 2017
Kevreson Recital Hall, Ann Arbor, MI

Seven Vignettes

– (2015) 9'30''
flute, two violins, viola, cello
Premiered 9 August 2015
Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Lenox, MA


– (2014) 4'
saxophone ensemble
Premiered 24 April 2015
New Winston Museum, Winston-Salem, NC

solo / duo

A blue heron alights on the riverbank near dawn

– (2023) 10'
cello, piano
Premiered 9 March 2023
Sprague Hall, New Haven, CT

A light dusting of snow

– (2023) 10'
marimba, vibraphone
Premiered 29 March 2023
Illinois State University, Normal, IL

First light, a bird is singing

– (2019) 5'
Premiered 14 August 2019
Chiesa di Santa Maria di Canepanova, Pavia, Italy

Sometimes, the rain

– (2018) 5'30''
violin, piano
Premiered 17 June 2018
Salisbury Congregational Church, Salisbury, VT

Prelude, Fugue, and Lamento

– (2015) 9'
Premiered 2 April 2016
Britton Recital Hall, Ann Arbor, MI


Na Fataí Bána

– (2020) 4'
tenor voice
Premiered 14 July 2021
Château de Fontainebleau, Île-de-France

how the sky looked

– (2017) 5'
baritone voice, violin, cello, oboe
Premiered 15 March 2017
Stamps Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI

Upon All

– (2014) 20'
mezzo-soprano, tenor, piano
Premiered 24 January 2015
Watson Recital Hall, Winston-Salem, NC

Dayton’s writing includes a variety of journalism, music and literary criticism, and short nonfiction. His works have appeared in The Michigan Daily and PULP: Arts Around Ann Arbor. His honors English thesis was on the subject of the Algerian War in the late works of Samuel Beckett, which won The John Wagner/Ralph Williams Award for Outstanding Thesis.

writing samples

  • Academic Writing: Samuel Beckett and the Politics of the Body, Undergraduate Thesis (2020)
  • Arts Journalism — Music: ‘Composed of love and will alone’ — A new work on Robert Mapplethorpe receives its premiere, Michigan Daily (2019)
  • Arts Journalism — Books: The Evil that Men Do: Alice Bolin's "Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession", A2Pulp, Ann Arbor District Library (2018)
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