About Daniel Kantor

Daniel Kantor is often referred to as a classic renaissance man: author, composer, musician, graphic designer and business strategist. His entrepreneurial successes include many successful startups and product development initiatives, including Coda Music Software, publisher of Finale, the world standard in music publishing software.

After launching Finale (as Coda’s marketing director), a product that won dozens of national and international product and marketing awards, Kantor went on to eventually found KantorGroup, an award-winning strategic brand communications consultancy.

Though its clientele is primarily corporate, KantorGroup has consulted on many high-profile projects with clients in the religion field, including GIA Publications and Augsburg Fortress. KantorGroup was chosen as the principal design consultant for Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) pew edition, the core resource used by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. His efforts in this field lead to his latest book, Graphic Design and Religion, published in 2007 by GIA.

As a musician and composer, Kantor is primarily known for his popular Christmas choral work, “Night of Silence.” Since it was first published by GIA in 1984, “Night of Silence” has gone on to become the publisher’s biggest selling Christmas octavo. “Night of Silence” has been broadcast worldwide on PBS and NPR, and performed and recorded by the some of the world’s finest choral groups, orchestras, ensembles and singers.

Kantor received a B.A. in music from the College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. Graduate studies include participation in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Hamline University, St. Paul, MN. Kantor is also a certified FastTrac instructor. He has taught and lectured in the Entrepreneurial Studies program at the University of St. Thomas, Graduate School of Business.

Another interest of Kantor’s may be seen occasionally in the New York Times. He is one of about 100 crossword puzzle constructors selected by Will Shortz to produce their daily puzzles.

Daniel Kantor lives with his wife, Sara, in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.