The Gospel Music Association recognized Burbank residents and Azusa Pacific University graduates Daniel and Christy Semsen at the 44th Annual Dove Awards held on Oct. 15, 2013, in Nashville, Tennessee. The ceremony honored Daniel with a Dove Award for Musical of the Year. He and his wife, Christy, received a combined eight nominations in three categories. They are first-time nominees.

Daniel co-created, arranged, and orchestrated Christ, The Redeemer, which won Musical of the Year. Other nominations included: Youth/Children’s Musical of the Year for Spend Awhile on the Nile, The Secret of Snowflake County, and The Star Factor (all three musicals created by Christy Semsen and arranged and orchestrated by Daniel Semsen); and Choral Collection of the Year for Season of Joy (co-created, arranged, and orchestrated by Daniel Semsen.

Daniel earned a bachelor’s degree in music theory composition from APU. Christy holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and music theory composition and a master’s degree in pastoral studies, both from APU.

"We are delighted that Daniel and Christy were recognized for their quality contribution to the Christian music industry,” said Stephen P. Johnson, DMA, dean of APU’s College of Music and the Arts. “To receive eight nominations and an award is a wonderful accomplishment. The Semsens' work represents the high caliber of our graduates who are impacting the world and our culture through the arts."

Azusa Pacific University’s School of Music, within the College of Music and the Arts, develops students into music professionals through an environment of musical excellence and artistic integrity. Offering a B.A. in Music and B.M. in Music with emphasis options in applied music, composition, commercial music, music education, music theory, music and worship, and performance; master’s degrees in music education, performance, composition, and conducting; 21 music ensembles; and close proximity to the Los Angeles music culture; the School of Music provides students with a world-class experience.