From theater compositions to film scores to late night jam sessions, Dan Clingman has made his mark on arts scenes since the late 1990s.

While Dan’s big personality, lyrical intellect and ability to play more than a couple instruments wows live music lovers around town, Dan’s brilliance lies in his orchestral compositions and sound designs. Working with big-name clients such as Shedd Aquarium, Noble Fool Theatricals, and Loyola University, Dan has created musical arrangements that are rich in intricacies, dramatic and simply enchanting.

His secret ingredient stems from a 13-year career as a professional ballet dancer with the Grand Rapids Ballet. Dancing to the delightful music of The Nutcracker, or the intense Romeo and Juliet score, Dan has an intimate connection with the relationship between music and visual presentation.  

Bringing the magic to stories with music is his passion.

Drawing from my my first artistic life, gracing the stages as a ballet dancer. I excelled at storytelling through movement lept into my second artistic life as an actor, bringing the story of life through emotions and connections to the words and others speaking those words on stage. Exiting the stage, I spent my third artistic life creating the worlds for stories being told as a scenic designer, lighting designer, and audio designer.

I now hold all of these lives in concert and focus on creating stories through the all senses.

Mostly a composer and songwriter I strive to support storytelling through word and movement by providing the soundtrack to the experience. I call on what is emotionally happening in the lyrics, scene, or idea for the dance and place myself inside it to bring forth the music and soundscape necessary to glue it all together. My lives are fully inside all I write and create.  

I draw on my deep involvement of story through movement, song, dance, words, sounds, and lights, and bring the emotion, depth, environment to the concert of all senses and guide the listener or viewers journey through the stories that they cultivate in their own mind - whether it is in picture or live - in front of them or not. I treat creating a soundscape as creating a life on its own.

Listed below are all credits as a Composer, Sound Designer and Engineer for productions and events dating to 1997.

Musician, Singer/Songwriter

        Performance as Singer Songwriter, Band front-man                                                             1997 to present

        Perform in music venues around Chicago including Goose Island Brewpub in Wrigleyville, The Elbo Room, The Hidden Shamrock, The Throne Room, as well as in Grand Rapids, MI for the annual Festival of the Arts.

        Debut Album: Something Missing, released 11/1/11

        Second Album: Here I Am, released 7/14/15

        EP release: Something Found, in production for winter 2016 release

Composition and Sound Design – Engineer


        Only 14 Days                                                                         "Pre-Production"                          2017

        Film Music Composer

        Bowser Makes a Movie                                                       Hornbill Films                                2005

        Film Music Composer

        The Lockout                                                                           Vizag Productions                        2004

        Film Music Composer


        The Wild Reef: Sharks at Shedd                                         Shedd Aquarium                          2003

        Music Composer/Recording Conductor

        Dr Finn’s Shark Experience                                                  Shedd Aquarium                          2003

        Music Composer

        Yetl and The Totem                                                              Shedd Aquarium                          2002

        Music Composer


        Middle Aged White Guys                                                    Open Eye Theater                        2003

        Sound Designer/Composer

        Damage Control                                                                   Noble Fool Theatricals                2003

        Assistant Sound Designer

        No Exit                                                                                    Speaking Ring Theater                2002

        Composer/Sound Designer/Recording Conductor

        The Waverly Gallery                                                             Pegasus Players Theater             2002

        Sound Engineer

        Seven Minutes in Heaven                                                    Speaking Ring Theater                2002

        Composer/Live music accompaniment

        Oscar Remembered                                                              Speaking Ring Theater                2001

        Composer/Sound Designer

        Kindertransport                                                                    Loyola University                         2001

        Music Composer/Sound Designer

        Student Directing Finals                                                      Loyola University                         1999-2001

        Sound Designer/ Engineer

        Centennial Forum Student Union                                     Loyola University                         1999-2001

        Audio and Lighting Technician for concerts and events in student union

        Orlando                                                                                 Loyola University                         1999

        Sound Designer