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Dr. Daniel Farris

Dr. Daniel Farris


Department: Music
Office: FAC 108

Office Hours

Mon - Fri
9 - 9:50 am
For updates to the office hours see schedule on my office door.

Daniel is in his fifteenth year at Southwestern, serving as director of choral studies, teaching applied voice, applied conducting, and the choral music education sequence to performance, education, business, and music therapy majors. He also teaches the Southwestern summer choral camp for OMEA/OCDA preparation and other workshops during the academic year that work to further enrich and improve the audition skills needed for successful placement in the state-level honor choirs.

Raised in the strong choral tradition of west Texas music education, Daniel completed a Bachelor of Music with all-level teacher certification at Angelo State University and taught at the junior high and high school levels in San Angelo, TX, and Arlington, TX, respectively.  He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting with related fields of music theory and musicology from the University of North Texas.

Daniel is a regional and international scholar with focused interests in choral conducting pedagogy, score study/editing, and modern language diction, having presented at international and regional conferences on these topics. In his tenure at Southwestern, he has conducted workshops, taught classes as a visiting professor, and presented at various conferences and universities in the United States, central Europe, and southeast Asia.

Daniel’s choirs have performed as honor choirs at conferences in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Daniel is an active clinician, adjudicator, and conductor.  In the summer of 2022, the Southwestern Chamber Choir will be competing at an international choral festival and competition in Florence, Italy.

For more information or questions about the vocal/choral division and study in Southwestern’s Music Department, email or call 580.774.3208.

Department of Music

Music Courses Taught

2423 Principles of Conducting
2447 Chamber Choir
2448 Community Chorus
2464 Vocal Method
2444 Southwestern Singers
3151 Choral Conducting
4502 Choral Literature
2951 Modern Language Diction I
3951 Modern Language Diction II
4001 Seminar in Advanced Choral Conducting
4002 Seminar in Russian/Old Church Slavonic Diction