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Daijana Wallace

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Daijana Wallace is a composer and educator based in Wichita, KS. Her music is an outward reflection of her own introspection, drawing inspiration from any and every thought that crosses her mind–sometimes it’s the mundane aspects of daily life and other times it’s about a particularly percussive upstairs neighbor. Because any one event, photo, or brief interaction can serve as inspiration for a piece, Daijana's music is often described by close collaborators and audiences as vibrant, colorful, and dramatic.

Wallace’s compositions have been heard globally at venues such as the Wichita Art Museum, MASS MoCA, OPERA America’s National Opera Center, and the beautiful concert space that is the basement of Hotel Oasi-Neumann in Cortona, Italy. Her recent collaborations include new pieces for violist Sam Berman and soprano Carrie Henneman-Shaw (Minnesota Orchestra, Quince Ensemble), cellist Kivie Cahn-Lipman (International Contemporary Ensemble), cellist Dan Ketter (Springfield, MO Symphony Orchestra), bassist Will Yager, as well as ensembles Loadbang and Sputter Box. She has a small but mighty discography being featured on albums by cellist Kivie Cahn-Lipman (Sumna), tubist Jasmine “Jazzie” Piggot (Revolution EP), and ensemble Sputter Box (Sputter [SHRINKS THE] Box).

Daijana holds Bachelors’ Degrees in Music Composition and Cello Performance from Wichita State University and a Master’s Degree in composition from Michigan State University. When she’s not busy composing, she’s teaching music in the greater Wichita area, hanging out with her dog and two cats, and trying new recipes with her partner.

Daijana is pronounced Day-on-a, like spending a day-on-a beach.

Bio by Daijana Wallace; photo by Julian Kincaid


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