Dr. Joseph Daniel

Honorary Artist in Residence

Joseph D. Daniel is a free-lance musician whose reputation for musical excellence keeps him busy as a conductor, clinician, and accompanist throughout the state of Michigan. In addition to his musical endeavors, Dr. Daniel serves on boards of the Ann Arbor Youth Chorale and the University of Michigan LGBTQA Alumni Association.

Dr. Daniel joined the faculty at Madonna University in 2018. As Adjunct Assistant Professor of Organ, he teaches applied organ lessons and collaborates with the Lyric Theatre in their opera and musical theatre productions. Prior to his appointment at Madonna, he served as an adjunct faculty member at Washtenaw Community College where he taught voice, piano, musical theater, and music theory. He also founded and directed the WCC Chamber Singers, a comprehensive choral program comprised of five unique ensembles.

He is increasingly in demand as an orchestral keyboard musician with many local, regional orchestras. In 2012, he performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as part of the AVANTI Summer Program. He also performs with many local community theater companies as music director and as a pit musician.

Dr. Daniel made his professional performance debut in 2001 with concerts in France and Germany and has since played recitals throughout Michigan and Texas. He has also made appearances in California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.

Dr. Daniel completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor as the final pupil of the late Dr. Robert Glasgow. Prior to his doctoral study, he earned dual master’s degrees in organ and carillon performance also from the University of Michigan.

He is a published composer whose works have been performed around the globe. He also maintains a private teaching studio and adjudicates throughout the state for the MSVMA.