Versatile musician Daniel Black is a composer, conductor, and flutist living in Rochester, New York, where he is finishing a Masters degree in Orchestral Conducting at the Eastman School of Music. He received his Bachelors degree in Composition from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, in 2002, studying primarily with Joel Naumann and Stephen Dembski. He learned to love music by listening to the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky and the New World Symphony by Dvorak every Saturday morning from the age of 8 in order to get himself fired up for youth soccer games.
Daniel began his musical training on the flute, and wrote his first composition at the age of fourteen. He has written over thirty compositions for a wide variety of ensembles, including works for solo brass, string quartet, vocal chamber music, large brass ensemble, SATB chorus, wind ensemble, and orchestra. He has received several awards for composition, including the 1999 First, Listen(!) award of the Wisconsin Alliance of Composers for the Marimba and Piano duet Balance and Power in the Maestros Garden and the 2001 University Bookstore Award for The Band Played On for wind ensemble and chorus. The Mendota Philharmonic Orchestra, the University of Idaho Wind Ensemble and the University of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, among others, have performed his compositions. He has also received a number of commissions.
He is the founding music director of NEO, a student-run chamber orchestra at Eastman dedicated to performing outreach concerts in the Rochester community. He has appeared as guest conductor with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and also has served that orchestra as score reader and production assistant. In 2004-2005, he was on the faculty of the UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic, where he taught music theory, composition, and flute.
He is a recipient of a 2005 Eastman Professional Development Grant, and has also received an invitation to study conducting in St. Petersburg, Russia, after completing his Masters degree. Daniel finds salsa dancing to be one of the best stress relievers ever, and in the last year has visited Russia and Spain.
He was recently named the Assistant Conductor of the Fort Wort, Texas Symphony Orchestra.