The Performer

Daniel’s career in theatre and music began early in Los Angeles, California. He trained as a concert-level classical pianist through the Certificate of Merit Program, a ten-year intensive classical training program. He studied voice extensively, training at the Vocal Power Institute, and with private instructors such as Lisa Popeil (founder: ‘Voiceworks’). He studied acting at the TVI Actors Studio, the Stella Adler Conservatory, John Homa’s “The Shop,” and the SAG Conservatory. He also studied privately with instructors such as Joey Paul and David Wells.

As a child, he made a name for himself as a young recording artist; Daniel’s voice appears on the syndicated children’s TV Show, “The Huggabug Club.” In his teens, Daniel performed regularly in leading roles in regional theater productions. While pursuing his BA in Music at UCLA, Daniel studied classical voice privately with Dr. Tim Mussard (Dept. Chair), and professional opera singers such as Jonathan Mack, Michael Dean, and Vladimir Chernov. Opera credits include Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Rossini's Il Viaggio a Reims, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, and the world premiere production of Ian Krouse’s Lorca: Child of the Moon. Daniel was also a Discovery Artist with the New West Symphony, a title which offered him concert appearances with the symphony as their baritone soloist.
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The Composer

It was during his undergraduate studies at UCLA that Daniel began actively pursuing composition. He was granted permission to pursue a double-emphasis in Classical Voice and Composition. He studied privately with composers Paul Chihara (composer of the Broadway musical Shogun), Roger Bourland (Chair of the School of Music), Mark Carlson, and Ian Krouse.

At the age of 20, Daniel was the sole recipient of UCLA’s Project ARTS (Arts Realized Through Students) grant. He used the cash prize to produce his first full-length opera, A Mother’s Love, which premiered at the Royce Concert Hall in June of 2005 with members of the UCLA opera department and UCLA Philharmonic Orchestra. For the production, Daniel acted as composer, librettist, and orchestrator. In 2006, Daniel graduated from UCLA with a BA in Music, with Cum Laude Honors. He was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Golden Key Honors Society, and was named a National Merit Scholar.

The Performer/Composer in New York City

In 2006, Daniel moved to New York City to begin the MFA Program in Musical Theatre Writing at NYU. Through the program, Daniel composed a series of original musicals, including: Stewart Botkins, Death; People Like Us (a contemporary dance piece that premiered on April 20, 2007, with members of the Tisch Department of Dance); RED; Savannah: A Jazz Fable; The Dragon.

Daniel remained actively working outside of NYU during his graduate studies. He worked alongside Stephen Sondheim and Jonathan Tunick on the City Center Encores revival of Follies. He composed multiple series of original choral and liturgical works for Rutgers Presbyterian Church (New York, NY). Daniel was an associate producer for To Paint the Earth, a new musical which was selected to be a part of NYFM 2008, and made its Off-Broadway premiere at 37 Arts in New York City.

Since receiving his MFA from NYU, Daniel has been an active member of the New York theater and cabaret scene. Because of his extensive New York club credits, he was dubbed a “nightlife icon” by with his long-running shows such as The Girly Show, The Broadway Brouhaha, and The Stonewall Singalong. His original musicals have been produced in workshops and readings in New York City and London. Queen Bea: A Soapsical (written with playwright Gena Oppenheim) received rave reviews when it was produced in a series of concerts starring the cast of ABC’s Daytime Drama, One Life to Live. Savannah: A Jazz Fable (written with playwright Bill Nelson) was awarded an industry reading by the Frederick Loewe Foundation, and Miss Humanity (written with playwright Michael DiGaetano) was recently presented in reading at the Dramatists Guild.

Daniel currently acts as the rehearsal accompanist for both Matilda: The Musical, On Your Feet, and Wicked on Broadway. Previously, Daniel toured North America as the Associate Music Director / Conductor of the First National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz, and music directed the national tour of The Midtown Men, a 60’s rock concert starring the four original leads of Broadway's Jersey Boys. Daniel has also played keys for and conducted the Tony-Award winning musical Avenue Q during its Off-Broadway run. Daniel has taught at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (Playwrights Horizons Studio and The New Studio on Broadway) and currently accompanies classes at The New York Film Academy’s Musical Theatre Conservatory. He has composed songs, written arrangements and orchestrations, and music directed concerts for pop singers such as JWalker (Photos on the Floor album) and Angelo D'Agostino (NYC live appearances, 2013). Local 802 / ASCAP / Dramatists Guild Member.

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