conductor - composer - soloist

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holds a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance from Sacramento State University, a Masters of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from the Three-Summer Masters of Music degree program at California State University, Los Angeles, and is a Doctoral student in Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University


Hailed as an “astute programmer” and a conductor who can “coax urbane performances from his singers,” Daniel has been a featured conductor on the International Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, CA, the Old First Concert Series in San Francisco, CA, the Northern Zone Music Educators Association's High School Honor Choir in Nevada, CA, and the American Choral Directors Association's 2011 National Convention in Chicago, IL. He is a student of Dr. William Belan, Professor Emeritus at California State University, Los Angeles, and Donald Brinegar, Director of Choral Studies at Pasadena City College and adjunct Professor of Graduate Choral Conducting at the University of Southern California.


Daniel has been a featured soloist for the Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Tahoe and Reno, NV; has toured in Europe; and has performed at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, St. Johns in Montreal, Canada, as well as St. Mary's in Venice, Italy.  He has sung such roles as the Evangelist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Obadiah in Mendelssohn's Elijah, the Evangelist in Schütz's Passion and the Dragon in John Rutter's The Reluctant Dragon. Other solo works include Mozart's Coronation Mass, Handel's Messiah & Chandos Anthems, Schubert Lieder, Dubois' Seven Last Words of Christ, Bach's Solo Cantata Ich habe genug, as well as a local premiere of John Adams' The Wound-Dresser.


As a commissioned composer, Daniel's catalogue inclueds over twenty works written for strings, piano, and chorus.  His recent commissions include two major works for the Crocker Art Museum's exhibition of both Gotfried Helnwein and Sam Francis, including severl works for the women's vocal ensemble, Vox Musica. In a recent review, his compositions have been claimed to have a "deeply ethereal feel." Several of his arrangements have been released on the compact disc, Christmas Colours, and are available for purchase on iTunes.


His extended education includes studying early music with the Western Wind Ensemble, the King's Singers, and at the 2013 American Bach Soloist's Summer Academy. He as been a two-time guest presenter for the Los Rios Community College District "INNOVATE" Technology Summit, working with educators on the use of the iPad in the classroom, and recently was a featured presenter at the TEDx Conference, here in Sacramento.


Currently, he is Professor of Voice and Choral Studies at Sacramento City College, is a resident artist with the Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and is the Founder & Music Director for Vox Musica (  Daniel is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), California Music Educators Association (CMEA), and Chorus America.

"Paulson has proved himself

to be astute programmer"

-Sacramento Bee

Danel I. Paulson


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