505 University Ave. #3
Rochester NY 14607
Versatile musician Daniel Black is a composer, conductor, and flutist living in Rochester, New York,
where he is finishing a Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting at the Eastman School of Music. He received his
Bachelor’s 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
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 Maestro’s 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 Master’s degree. Daniel finds salsa
dancing to be one of the best stress relievers ever, and in the last year has visited Russia and Spain.