0 Daniel David Black

Daniel David Black

Daniel David Black

Associate Professor of Vocal Music & Conducting; Director of Choral Activities

**Currently on sabbatical**

Daniel David Black is associate professor of vocal music & conducting and director of choral activities at Houghton University 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 University where he studied with Brandon Johnson.


  • Doctor of Musical Arts – Conducting, University of Arizona, 2014
  • Master of Music – Choral Conducting, Houghton College, 2008
  • Bachelor of Music – Choral Music Studies, Northwestern University, 2004
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Choral music offers singers the opportunity to make beautiful music, as part of a community, using the instruments God gave them—their voices. I believe God has called me to help people participate in this profound experience and I am grateful to work at Houghton because I can devote this work unto the Lord.

Honors and Awards

  • American Choral Directors Association – National Conference Conducting Competition – Finalist (2013)

Courses & Ensembles Taught

  • College Choir
  • Men’s Choir & Women’s Choir
  • Recital Choir
  • Undergraduate Conducting (basic and advanced)
  • Graduate Conducting
  • Advanced Choral Seminar
  • Musicianship I and II
  • Applied conducting lessons

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