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 has served as music director of the Hanover Chamber Orchestra. He worked as principal guest conductor of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet in Hanoi, where he conducted the Vietnamese premieres of many works including J.S. Bach’s Lobet den Herrn, William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony, Gwyneth Walker’s A Testament to Peace, and Johannes Brahms’ Schicksalslied.
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 New Hampshire Friendship Chorus on a performance/service tour in Colombia July 2014 and the PSU Chamber Singers on a performance/study tour in Chile in May of 2014.
He will conduct Mack Wilberg's Requiem at Carnegie Hall on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. The PSU Chorale will participate!
Dr. 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.