The American choral conductor and music pedagogue, Daniel Bara, is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan. He holds organ and conducting degrees from the University of Michigan, and the DMA degree in conducting from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He was awarded the Walter Hagen Conducting Prize given at the Eastman School of Music in May 2001, and the ACDA National Student Conducting Competition (Graduate Division) awarded at the National Convention in San Antonio, Texas in 2001.
Daniel Bara served from 2001 to 2010 as Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities at East Carolina University (ECU), in Greenville, North Carolina. He headed ECU’s program of four university choral ensembles, administers the Master of Music degree in choral conducting, and in 2002 founded the East Carolina University Summer Choral Conducting Institute. While at ECU, his university choirs were invited to perform for state, regional, and national conventions of ACDA and MENC, and the East Carolina University Chamber Singers completed two professional recordings for the Gothic Records label (“Greater Love”, 2007; “Eternal Light”, 2010). His conducting students have consistently advanced into the live rounds of the ACDA National Conducting Competition, and several of his former MM conducting students now hold collegiate conducting appointments at New England Conservatory, Miami University of Ohio, University of Idaho, and William Jewell College. At ECU, Bara was the recipient of the UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award (2008) and the Robert L. Jones Award for Outstanding Teaching (2005).
Daniel Bara also served as conductor of the World Youth Honor Choir at Interlochen Arts Camp (2004-2006), on the faculty of The Eastman Summer Conducting Institute, as Artistic Director of the New York State Summer School of the Arts - School of Choral Studies (2007-2009), and was President of NC-ACDA. He is in increasing demand as a guest conductor and clinician, with recent or upcoming engagements with all-state, regional honor choirs, and conference appearances in Texas, New York, Tennessee, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Florida.
Daniel Bara joined the University of Georgia (UGA) Hugh Hodgson School of Music as Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music in fall of 2010. At UGA he will conduct the Concert Choir and Men's Glee Club, and will oversee the graduate choral conducting program.