Dan Perkins is in his 23rd 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 music director of the Manchester Choral Society and Orchestra, co-founder and music director of the New Hampshire Master Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, and principal guest conductor and director of choral activities for the New Hampshire Music Festival. He has served as music director of the Hanover Chamber Orchestra and worked as principal guest conductor of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet in Hanoi. He will return to Vietnam in the fall of 2014 as guest conductor of the Asia Pacific Activities Conference Orchestra.
He is a frequent conductor of the NH Friendship Chorus and will lead 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 lead 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.
Perkins is a co-founder, with Dr. Trish Lindberg, of the award-winning Educational Theatre Collaborative, and pianist for the Trio Veritas. 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. He continued his studies as a Fulbright scholar in Helsinki, Finland where he was associate conductor of the Finnish Chamber Choir and the Savonlinna Opera Festival Chorus. He lives with his wife, Jill, in New Hampshire and they are the parents of two sons.