Dr. Daniel Perkins is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Plymouth State University, where he was awarded the first Stevens-Bristow Distinguished Professorship. He was recently honored as the 2011 American Choral Directors Association New Hampshire Choral Director of the Year. He holds the degrees Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in Choral Music from the University of Southern California, and Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Brigham Young University.
Dr. Perkins continued his studies as a Fulbright scholar in Helsinki, Finland. While there, he worked as the Associate Conductor of the Finnish Chamber Choir and Associate Conductor of the Savonlinna Opera Festival Chorus. Prior to his move to New Hampshire, Dr. Perkins worked as the Assistant Conductor for the Colorado Symphony Chorus. He is currently Music Director and Founder of the New Hampshire Master Chorale, Music Director of the Manchester Choral Society, and principal guest conductor and director of choral activities for the New Hampshire Music Festival. He is on the faculty of the Bassi Brugnatelli International Conducting and Singing Symposium in Robbiate, Italy. He is active as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and abroad. He has been a guest conductor of the Dartmouth Concertato Singers and Dartmouth Handel Society, Music Director of the Hanover Chamber Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor for the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet in Hanoi.
Perkins’ choirs have performed and studied throughout the world. Perkins is a co-founder, with Dr. Trish Lindberg, of the award-winning Educational Theatre Collaborative, and pianist for Trio Veritas.