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.
Daniel will be returning to the USC Thornton School of Music to earn his DMA in Choral Music, Fall 2017
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.
Daniel directs He Emptied Himself, a musical, dramatic, and theological meditation on the emptying of Christ's incarnation with the musicians, artists, dancers, and pastoral staff of Evergreen SGV. Works include Victoria's "O Magnum Misterium," and a premier of Daniel's "Agnus Dei." Admission is free and open to the public.
Daniel will serve as Conducting Fellow for the Long Beach Symphony where he will assist incoming Music Director Eckart Preu and other guest conductors for the 2016-2017 season.
The Quire of Voyces, led by Nathan Kreitzer, tour through England early this July with a program featuring choral music by American composers including Daniel's commissioned work with the Quire O Lord, Thou Hast Made Us For Thyself.
Daniel studied with Kenneth Kiesler at the Conductors Retreat at Medomak, an intensive three week program consisting of coaching, score study, aural skills and movement training, including a final concert with all the participants conducting Beethoven 9, Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Mahler's Ruckert Lieder, and Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony.
Dr. Steve Hodson performs Daniel's organ prelude Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence at the AGO Santa Barbara Annual Members Recital.
Daniel directs Light and Life to All He Brings, a musical, dramatic, and theological meditation on the twin Christmas themes of light and life, taken from the opening of St. John's Gospel, with the musicians, artists, dancers, and pastoral staff of Evergreen SGV. Performances included Vivaldi's "Gloria in Excelsis Deo", Lauridsen's O Nata Lux, Ji-Hoon Park's "Gloria" from Missa Brevis No. 2 (Lightning Bug Mass), and more!
Organist and Composer Emma Lou Diemer premiers Advent organ prelude, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence on Trinity Episcopal, Santa Barbara's Advent Organ Series. Recital will also feature other Santa Barbara composers including David Gell, Mahlon Balderston, and Emma Lou Diemer.