Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Dr. Daniel Farris

Assistant Professor
Department of Music
FAC 108
(580) 774-3208

Dr. Daniel Farris

For seventeen years, Daniel Farris has worked professionally as a choral conductor, tenor soloist/chorister, adjudicator, and voice teacher. He is in his eighth year as vocal area coordinator at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and works in conjunction with Dr. Kristin Griffeath and Dr. Robin Griffeath to teach opera workshop, applied voice, and the choral music education sequence to performance, education, music business, and music therapy majors. Daniel also serves as a judge for the national music competition, The American Prize, and is an adjudicator and music advisory board member of the Oklahoma Arts Institute.

Currently, Daniel performs as a tenor chorister/soloist and conductor in Oklahoma and the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and is a regional and international scholar, having presented topics and research for the Athens Institute of Education and Research (2010 Athens, Greece), Southwestern American Choral Directors Association (2012 Dallas, TX), and other conferences. He has conducted honor choirs in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, including the Oklahoma Percussive Arts Society (2014), the College Music Society South Central Conference (2014), Tri-State Honor Choir (2011 and 2012), SWOSU Chamber Choir (OMEA 2011), the Western Oklahoma Choral Directors Association Junior High Honor Choir (2008), and the Arlington High School Colt Chorale (TMEA 2005). Daniel has performed with the Dallas Opera Chorus (2001–2002), and has performed with choirs in Italy, England, and the United States. He has been a guest artist with groups in the southwestern United States, including the Arts District Chorale (Dallas 2011–2012) and the Denton Bach Society (Denton, TX). In the summer of 2013, Daniel completed a two-week lectureship as a “distinguished visiting professor” at the University of Taipei.

Daniel completed his doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting at the University of North Texas. In addition to his career in music, he also teaches arnis, a Filipino martial art he has taught for sixteen years after having tested with the late Grandmaster Ernesto Amador Presas for his Lakan Isa ranking in 1998. He teaches arnis through the SWOSU Continuing Education department’s “Filipino Martial Culture” course. Daniel holds both Lakan (1st degree black belt of Modern Arnis) and Lakan Dalawa (2nd degree black belt of Kombatan arnis) rankings. He also conducts wine tastings for benefits in western Oklahoma and attends master sommelier wine tastings quarterly in Dallas, TX, to continue his passion in oenology.

Daniel lives in the Weatherford/Thomas area with his wife, Angela, and his three children Anthony, Amelia, and Daphne.

Feel free to view his website and the Department of Music website of Southwestern Oklahoma State University. For more information or questions about the vocal/choral division and study in Southwestern’s music department, contact him at or 580.774.3208.

Office Hours:Courses:
 Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 9:50 am
Course No. Course Title
2423 Principles of Conducting
2446 Men's Chorus
2447 Chamber Choir
2448 Community Chorus
2464 Vocal Methods
2444 Southwestern Singers
MUSIC 3151 Choral Conducting
MUSIC 4502 Choral Literature