Daniel Parsley is an Associate Director for the Cincinnati Youth Choir, Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory & Community Engagement where he conducts Voci Sonore. Daniel enjoys an active career in the Midwest as a conductor, scholar, church musician, clinician, and professional chorister. He serves as the Director of Choral Activities at the music department of Thomas More University and faculty for the Kentucky Institute of International Studies (KIIS) Salzburg study abroad program. Most recently, Daniel served as the assistant director and choral conducting fellow for the Cincinnati May Festival, where he prepared choruses for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops. A Cincinnati native, he is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Choral Conducting program at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (CCM). Previous education includes an M.M. in Choral Conducting (Bowling Green State University) and B.M. Voice Performance and B.A. International Studies (Xavier University). In 2019, Daniel was selected as one of four finalists for the 2019 American Choral Directors’ Association National Graduate Conducting Competition.
Parsley has enjoyed a wide breadth of diverse professional experiences, ranging from positions including the Worship Arts Coordinator and Director of Choral Activities (Faith United Methodist; North Canton, Ohio) to participating in ethnomusicological research in West African musical traditions (published research fellow in Ghana, West Africa through the Edward Brueggeman Center for Dialogue.) Parsley’s current research interests lie in the sacred music of 18th century Venetian composer Baldassare Galuppi and the contemporary sacred music of Scottish composer James Macmillan.
Parsley has studied conducting under Robert Porco, Earl Rivers, Brett Scott, Mark Munson, and Tom Merrill, and has appeared in recent conducting masterclasses with Duain Wolf, John Alexander, David Hayes, Eric Whitacre, Rodney Eichenberger, and Cesar Leal. Daniel’s passion for choral arts extends beyond conducting: he has performed with many choruses himself as a professional singer, including the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, Cincinnati May Festival Chorus and Youth Chorus, Toledo Opera, Tuscia Opera Festival (Viterbo, Italy), and Berkshire Choral Festival. As a conductor of symphonic choral literature, Parsley has most recently prepared choruses for John Morris Russell, Gerhardt Zimmermann, James Meena, and Giordano Bellincampi.
Daniel is the Music in Worship Chair for the Ohio Choral Director’s Association. He serves as Director of Music at St. Timothy Episcopal Church in Cincinnati and also previously served as the associate conductor for Cincinnati’s Music Sacra. Daniel is an active member of ACDA, ChorusAmerica, AGO, and NAfME.