Daniel Brier is the newly appointed Assistant Conductor of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted ensembles including the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Royal Oak Symphony, Detroit Medical Orchestra, Orion Chamber Orchestra, and the major ensembles of the University of Michigan. He has worked with diverse artists including Bobby McFerrin, Gil Goldstein, and Tim Marrone. As assistant conductor of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Brier conducts Family Discovery Concerts, Youth Concerts, Pops Concerts as needed, and actively participates in the community outreach and educational programs of the KSO.
In addition to his work with orchestras, Mr. Brier has worked extensively with choirs, placing a special emphasis on the choral and orchestral literature. At home on the stage and in the pit, he recently conducted a semi-staged production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and Justin Locke's fully staged retelling of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. Mr. Brier regularly collaborates with living composers and advocates for their music. Recent premieres include Shin's Power and Light, Lavender's Battery, Boggs' Wanderlust: Beginnings, and May's Essay for Chamber Orchestra.
His previous positions include assistant and cover conductor for the Lexington Philharmonic, assistant conductor of the University of Michigan Orchestras, Music Director of the Spectrum Orchestra, and conductor of the University of Michigan Orpheus Singers. In 2010, Mr. Brier was named a Prizewinner for his “exceptional conducting” during the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic’s international conducting masterclass and competition. In 2012, he completed additional studies in Paris with noted conductor, John Nelson. Mr. Brier has conducted in masterclasses with Giancarlo Guerrero, Hugh Wolff, Jorma Panula, Alexander Polishchuk, Victor Yampolsky, Carl Topilow, and Ragnar Bohlin.
Mr. Brier completed his graduate studies at the University of Michigan’s conducting program where he studied orchestral conducting with Kenneth Kielser and choral conducting with Dr. Jerry Blackstone. He is a recipient of the Julian and Vera McIntosh scholarship for promising young musicians and conductors, the Dr. Charlene Archibeque scholarship for choral conductors, and the Dorothy Greenwald scholarship.
Updated January 2015
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