Dr. Daniel Farris
Department of Music
For seventeen years, Daniel has worked professionally as a choral conductor, tenor soloist/chorister, adjudicator, and voice teacher. Daniel Farris is in his seventh year as assistant professor of music with Southwestern Oklahoma State University and with the music staff of First Presbyterian Church of Elk City, OK. He is the vocal area coordinator of Southwestern’s music department and works in conjunction with Dr. Kristin Griffeath and Dr. Robin Griffeath to teach opera workshop and other choral/vocal topics 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 and Oklahoma, including the 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. Daniel 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, he completed a two-week lectureship as a visiting professor at Taipei Municipal University of Education where he taught courses in modern language diction, Latin American music listening and history courses, 20th century analysis, voice lessons, a choral master class, and a solo/duet master class (webpages with information to be found this summer later on TMUE’s English website). This March, Daniel and the Southwestern Singers will collaborate with Dr. David Bessinger and the SWOSU Percussion Ensemble to perform a concert at the College Music Society South Central Conference in Fort Smith, AR.
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 fifteen 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.