Choral Arts Initiative has selected Daniel to be their Inaugural Assistant Conductor. Daniel will begin in his role immediately as the ensemble prepares for their concert on March 23 at Anaheim First Presbyterian, featuring the premiere of Christian Guebert’s Voyaging, for mixed chorus, 3-7 octaves handbells, and harp.
Daniel leads the Global Harmony Symphony of Orange County as guest conductor in a program of Rossini, Mendelssohn, and Sibelius. The concert will feature Mann-Wen Lo, fellow DMA candidate at USC, performing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto.
Daniel conducts musicians of the USC Thornton School of Music in a DMA Conducting Recital in a program consisting of Copland's Appalachian Spring and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings. Newman Recital Hall, University of Southern California, 7:30pm. Admission is free and reception to follow.
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 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.
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.
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.