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Dan Perkins, DMA                            Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities                                        PSU, NHMC, MCS

    Dan Perkins is in his 24th year at Plymouth State University (NH), where he is professor of music and director of choral activities and in 2007 was appointed the first Stevens-Bristow Distinguished Professor.  In 2011, he was honored as the American Choral Directors Association New Hampshire Choral Director of the Year.  Dr. Perkins is active as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and abroad. He is: 

Past positions include:
  • principal guest conductor of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet in Hanoi
  • music director of the Hanover Chamber Orchestra and New England Camerata
  • associate conductor of the Savonlinna Opera Festival Chorus
  • associate conductor of the Finnish Chamber Choir

   He is a frequent conductor of the NH Friendship Chorus and led their 2014 performance tour in Colombia.  His choirs have performed and studied in England, Poland, Slovak Republic, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia, Montenegro, Morocco, Vietnam, South Korea, South Africa, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Canada, Armenia, Georgia, and throughout the United States.  He will led the PSU Chamber Singers on a performance/study tour in Chile in May of 2014.   He was guest conductor for Mid-America and the New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in April of 2014.  The chorus of 250 included singers from PSU, MCS, NHMC, and schools in Iowa, Texas, California, Texas, Mississippi, and New Hampshire.  

  Major works conducted in the past season include the Bloch "Sacred Service," Bernstein "Mass," Bach "Mass in B minor," Sibelius "Pohjola's Daughter," and Pärt "Te Deum."  Upcoming engagements include Jason Robert Brown "Parade," Vaughan Williams "Sea Symphony" and "Symphony No. 4," and Tippett "A Child of our Time."

  Perkins is also pianist for the Trio Veritas, whose upcoming performances include violinist Sasha Calahan, violinist, cellist Leo Eguchi and trombonist David Loucky. With bass-baritone Paul Max Tipton, he will perform the world premiere of Michael Gilbertson's song cycle "Love and Prophecy."

 Perkins 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. He continued his studies as a Fulbright scholar in Helsinki, Finland.  He lives with his wife, Jill, in New Hampshire and they are the parents of two sons.