Daniel Gee is a composer, conductor and educator based out of Southern California. He is currently adjunct instructor of composition and theory at Westmont College, where he teaches upper and lower division theory and private composition. He has fulfilled numerous compositions for ensembles in the Santa Barbara and Los Angeles music communities and his choral music has been published by Colla Voce Music. He also continues as director of the Evergreen Chamber Singers and maintains an active private cello studio.
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Daniel will be traveling down to São Paulo, Brazil for a week of teaching vocal technique and coaching choirs as part of a series of workshops and masterclasses hosted by the Assemblies of God Denomination.
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 will be performing with the USC Chamber Singers, led by Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe, on a tour through Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia in May 2018.
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.
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.
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.