KMEA Hall of Fame
Daniel Commerford
Inducted in 2012
Daniel Commerford earned his Bachelor's of Arts and Master of Music Degrees from Kansas State University. He has taught thirty-seven years in the state of Kansas including twenty-two years at Manhattan High School and most recently at Washburn Rural High School. He also taught at Wamego and Colby High Schools. In 1982, his Colby High School choir participated in the International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna, Austria. Under his direction, his choirs have performed eight times in Orlando, Florida at the Walt Disney World "Magic Music Days" and were selected to perform at the KMEA In-Service Workshop. In 2001, he was presented the "Master Teacher Summer Choral Institute Director Award." After Dan retired from Manhattan High School, the KSU Music Department was privileged to have him step in for a year and serve as the director of the K-State Men's and Women's Choirs and the K-State Singers. Dan served as president of the Kansas Choral Director's Association and is a member of several professional organizations, including KMEA, NAfME, ACDA, and NEA.