Baritone Matthew J. Daniels was born and raised in Fort Pierce, FL. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Louisiana State University, where he studied with Dr. Loraine Sims. He holds additional degrees in music from Florida Atlantic University (MA, BMus), Indian River Community College (AA), and in 2001 he attended Manhattan School of Music as a student of the late Met Opera baritone, Theodor Uppman.
Dr. Daniels is currently on the voice faculties of University of Michigan-Flint and Eastern Michigan University. Additionally, he is Director of Music Ministry at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Clawson, MI. During 2016-17, Daniels was Assistant Professor of Voice at Mississippi State University, and prior to attending LSU as a doctoral teaching assistant, he was an adjunct instructor of voice at Florida Atlantic University and Indian River State College. Furthermore, Daniels has directed high school and church music programs in Michigan, Florida, and Louisiana.
Equally comfortable in a variety of musical styles, Daniels has sung leading roles in both opera and musical theatre, and he is an avid performer of concert and recital work. Recent engagements include Amahl & the Night Visitors (Melchior) with Madonna University, baritone soloist for Beethoven Mass in C with the UMS Choral Union "Summer Sing" concert series at Hill Auditorium conducted by Scott Hanoian, and AGMA Chorus with Michigan Opera Theatre (Detroit). Leading roles in opera, operetta, and musical theatre include the following: Così fan tutte (Guglielmo), Il barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro), The Magic Flute (Papageno), La Bohème (Marcello), Rigoletto (Rigoletto), Le Nozze di Figaro (Il Conte di Almaviva), Amahl and Night Visitors (Balthazar), Der Schauspieldirektor (Buff), The New Moon (Robert), The Mikado (Pooh-bah), Godspell (Jesus), Camelot(Lancelot), South Pacific (Emil), Man of La Mancha (Cervantes/Don Quixote), A Grand Night for Singing (Leading Man), and Cole! (Leading Man). Additionally, he has appeared as baritone soloist in several major works: Mozart Coronation Mass, Brahms Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Handel Messiah, Mendelssohn Elijah, Fauré Requiem, Dubois Seven Last Words of Christ, Rutter Mass of the Children, and Vaughan-Williams Five Mystical Songs.
In addition to topics in vocal pedagogy, Dr. Daniels' research interests are steeped in the music of David P. Rossow, dear friend and subject of his doctoral dissertation. Click here to download a copy from the LSU Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Collection. Daniels recently presented his research on Rossow's songs at the 31st CMS Pacific Northwest Regional Conference in Pullman, WA, the International Congress of Voice Teachers (ICVT2017) in Stockholm, Sweden, and the 41st Southern Region NATS Conference in Arkadelphia, AR. He recently joined forces with additional musicians/friends to record Bells In Tower At Evening Toll—a full-length album featuring the oeuvre of Rossow's songs for voice and piano to-date, which was produced and released by the Wisdom Recordings Label. Available on all digital platforms: iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, YouTube, etc.!
Outside of teaching and research, Daniels is an avid composer of contemporary sacred music. He has numerous titles published with International Liturgy Publications in Nashville, TN: Mass of Joyful Praise, Psalms of Praise, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and many songs/Psalm settings. Check out www.ILPmusic.org or call 1-888-898-SONG for more info!