Music Director, Daniel Brier, is an emerging conductor who has performed with orchestras in the United States and Europe and has studied with leading contemporary conductors and musicians. He has conducted the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Wheaton Symphony Orchestra, University of Michigan Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras, Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra, University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Kentucky, Orpheus Singers and Players, Ann Arbor Cantata Singers, and the Great Lakes Music Festival Orchestra. In addition to his current positions as Music Director and Conductor of the Spectrum Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the Campus Philharmonia Orchestra, Mr. Brier has held conducting positions with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theater, and the Orion Chamber Music Society.
In addition to his formal studies, Mr. Brier has also studied with John Nelson during his engagement with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Munich Bach Choir. Additional studies include work with Victor Yampolsky in the College Orchestra Director Association’s 2012 National Conducting Masterclass, and with Hugh Wolff during a masterclass sponsored by the National Symphony Orchestra in conjunction with their 2011 Kentucky residency. While studying with Jorma Panula and Alexander Polishchuk in St. Petersburg, Russia, Mr. Brier was selected as a prizewinner for his “exceptional conducting” during the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic’s International Masterclass. Ensembles that he has conducted have experienced artistic growth, toured nationally, and received national awards.
Currently, Mr. Brier is pursuing further graduate studies in orchestral conducting under the mentorship of Kenneth Kiesler at the University of Michigan where he is a recipient of the Julian and Vera McIntosh scholarship for promising young musicians and conductors. Previously, he earned a master’s degree in choral conducting under the guidance of Dr. Jerry Blackstone. During his choral degree, he was a recipient of the Dorothy Greenwald Scholarship and the Dr. Charlene Archibeque Scholarship. During his time at Michigan, Mr. Brier is also an active member of Stephen Shipps’ violin studio.
An active music educator for the past eleven years, Mr. Brier has held teaching positions at the University of Kentucky, University of Michigan, Trinity Christian School, Trinity Music Academy, and Maranatha String Preparatory School. In the summers, he serves as a youth orchestra conductor and advanced chamber music coach for the Orion Chamber Music Society’s summer festival. Mr. Brier has also served as a conductor and clinician in All-State music festivals. He has maintained a successful private violin studio since 2001 and his students have placed in many competitions and have been accepted into well known music schools.
As a violinist, Mr. Brier maintains an active career as a recitalist, orchestral musician, and soloist. He recently performed in a shared recital with Midori, in concert with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, and was a member of the Verdi String Quartet–winners of first prize in the 2012 McCauley Chamber Music Competition. His principal violin teachers include Stephen Shipps, Daniel Mason, Lewis Rosove, Elizabeth Pabón, and Elizabeth Zempel. As a violinist, he has appeared in masterclasses with the principal players of the famed Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, David Cerone (Cleveland Institute of Music), Linda Cerone (Cleveland Institute of Music), Mimi Zweig (Indiana University Bloomington), Timothy Lees (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra), Mendelssohn String Quartet, Penderecki String Quartet, and the Fine Arts Quartet.
Mr. Brier’s professional affiliations include the Conductor’s Guild, American Choral Director’s Association, and the College Orchestra Director’s Association.