Daniel David Black is assistant professor of vocal music & conducting and director of choral activities at Houghton College in Houghton, New York, where he conducts the College Choir, and teaches conducting and graduate choral literature. Prior to joining the faculty at Houghton, he was the director of choral activities at Lakeland University in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. His collegiate background also includes teaching at Buffalo State College (Buffalo, NY), and Villa Maria College (Buffalo, NY). He has served as assistant director for the Tucson Chamber Artists, assistant conductor for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus, assistant conductor for the Vocális Chamber Choir (Buffalo, NY), and assistant conductor for the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus Ensemble Singers. He also has extensive experience working in churches with both traditional and contemporary worship styles.
Dr. Black’s primary interests are in bringing together choral and orchestral musicians at every level, educating audiences through innovative programming, and in building foundational choral skills through instruction in vocal technique and literacy. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting degree from the University of Arizona where he studied with Bruce Chamberlain and Elizabeth Schauer. He also holds a Bachelor of Music in choral music studies from Northwestern University where he studied with Stephen Alltop and Robert Harris, and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Houghton College where he studied with Brandon Johnson.