Daniel Singer, The Robert Page Music Director of The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh
Daniel Singer is an accomplished conductor, vocalist, and music educator who harnesses his lifelong love of music to inspire choruses to achieve new heights of excellence in choral performance.
In 2023, Daniel was appointed Robert Page Music Director of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP), the “chorus of choice” of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO). In this role, Daniel prepares a chorus of more than 100 singers to perform alongside the PSO under the direction of conductor Manfred Honeck for tens of thousands of people each year. He also leads the chorus in performing self-produced concerts that push artistic boundaries and reimagine choral music for the 21st century. Daniel has been a member of The Cleveland Orchestra conducting staff since 2012, where he serves as Assistant Director of Choruses and Director of the Youth Chorus. He has prepared choruses to perform under the batons of acclaimed conductors Franz Welser-Möst, Jakub Hrůša, Vinay Parameswaran, and Brett Mitchell, and he has assisted Director of Choruses Lisa Wong in preparing choruses for John Adams, Alan Gilbert, Jane Glover, and Matthias Pinscher. Daniel served for two years as Chorus Director for the Contemporary Youth Orchestra (Cleveland), where he readied singers for performances alongside rock icons Melissa Etheridge and Tommy Shaw.
Daniel served on the music faculty at The College of Wooster where he taught courses in conducting, music education, and theory. Daniel previously served for 11 years as Director of Music at University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio, where he taught chorus and orchestra. He is also active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician, and has led honor choirs and school ensembles in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and North Carolina.
Daniel has sung with orchestras as a baritone soloist in performances of Handel’s Messiah, the Requiem masses of Mozart, Fauré, and Duruflé, and Vaughan Williams’ Hodie. Recent seasons included concert performances with the Wooster Symphony Orchestra, recital performances in Toronto and Wisconsin, and performances of the National Anthem in Louisville and Akron. Daniel also sang as a professional chorister with Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland), Quire Cleveland, and The Lakeside Singers (Chicago) and has sung with both The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and the Chicago Symphony Chorus.
Daniel has contributed to a variety of musical theater productions as music director, conductor, orchestrator, and rehearsal pianist. His professional theater credits include work with Metropolis Performing Arts Centre (Chicago), Big Noise Theatre Company (Chicago), and Northwestern University. In 2022, Daniel conducted the regional premiere of Cathy Lesser Mansfield’s opera The Sparks Fly Upward at the Maltz Center for the Performing Arts (Cleveland).
During the 2020-21 season, Daniel served as assistant director and score reader for The Cleveland Orchestra’s In Focus streaming series, and he has since been involved in video capture for the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Handel and Haydn Society. Daniel is also an arranger and composer, having written for choral and instrumental groups throughout the United States. In addition, Daniel is co-owner (along with violinist Andrew Sords), editor, and engraver for Green Point Editions, a music publication company that brings to light deserving works on the repertory’s periphery.
Daniel holds a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude in music education from Northwestern University and a Master of Music degree in conducting from Michigan State University.