Daniel Gee is a conductor, composer and educator based in Southern California, currently pursuing his doctorate at the University of Southern California. His conducting duties include serving as Associate Conductor of the USC Oriana Women's Choir, Conducting Fellow with the Long Beach Symphony, and the Artistic Director of Choirs at Evergreen Baptist Church of San Gabriel Valley. As a composer, he has fulfilled commissions for ensembles in the Santa Barbara and Los Angeles music communities, including the Quire of Voyces, the Westmont Orchestra, and the Santa Barbara Choral Society. He has taught as adjunct instructor of composition and theory at Westmont College, teaching upper and lower division theory and private composition.
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Daniel will premier a commissioned work by composer Emma Lou Diemer with the USC Oriana Women's Choir. The commissioned work, Evening Promise, is a setting of a poem by Paul Willis, former poet laureate of Santa Barbara. The premier will take place in Oriana's joint concert with the USC Apollo Men's Chorus on April 14, 2018 at USC's Newman Recital Hall.
The Westmont Orchestra and College Choir, led by Dr. Michael Shasberger, will premier Daniel's commissioned arrangement, "Of The Father's Love Begotten," in four concerts the weekend of December 1-3 in their 13th annual Christmas Festival.
Daniel will present John Corigliano's Fern Hill (version for choir and chamber orchestra) with musicians of the USC Thornton School of Music. Daniel will share this graduate conducting recital with some of the masters students of the USC Choral program as well. Concert will take place in USC's Jeanette MacDonald Recital Hall at 7:30pm. Admission is free.
Daniel joins DMA colleagues Rina Ritavoiu and Irene Apanovitch-Leites in leading the women of the Oriana Women's Choir in a concert of music by Mendelssohn, Bernstein, Britten, Emma Lou Diemer, and others. The Apollo Men's Chorus will also perform the second half of the concert. Concert to take place in USC's Newman Recital Hall at 8pm.
Daniel will present on pedagogical techniques in teaching cello students in the classroom at SCSBOA's annual String Day. The Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association hosts several events throughout the year to support student and teacher growth in music education. This is the third annual String Day that SCSBOA has hosted.
Daniel has been accepted as a member of the tenth cohort of Lilly Graduate Fellows. The Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts "seeks to strengthen the quality and shape the character of church-related institutions of higher learning in the twenty-first century." As a member of an interdisciplinary cohort consisting of Ph.D and doctoral students from schools including USC, Yale, and Fordham University, Daniel will participate in annual conferences and monthly online colloquiums discussing questions in art, music, literature, philosophy and religion and how they relate to teaching and higher education.
Daniel will join the USC Thornton Chamber Singers for its upcoming season. Currently under the direction of Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe, the ensemble has served as USC's premier choral ensemble since first forming in 1939, and have performed with musicians as varied as Jeffrey Kahane, James Conlon, and Elton John. This season includes performing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Pacific Symphony, led by Carl St. Clair, and touring in Poland, Estonia, and Lithuania.
Daniel participated in the CCDA Summer Conference Master Class with conference headliner Jerry Blackstone, one of three conductors selected at the conference. Dr. Jerry Blackstone is a two time GRAMMY Award winning conductor and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Michigan.
He will serve as Associate Conductor of the Oriana Women's Choir, as well as the graduate student coordinator of the annual USC Winter Gala. Faculty mentors will include Drs. Jo-Michael Scheibe, Nick Strimple, Cristian Grases, Tram Sparks, and Larry Livingston.
The Westridge School Chamber Orchestra, led by Leo Kitajima, will premier Daniel's commissioned work for the orchestra, Open Roads along with other works at their Spring Concert. Concert will take place on Friday, March 17, 7pm at Westridge School's performing arts center.