faculty

Daniel Gee, D.M.A.

Assistant Professor of Music

Office Location

Music Building 209

Office Available

By Appointment

Specialization(s)

Choral Conducting, Orchestral Conducting, Composition

Biography/Details

Daniel Gee is Assistant Professor of Music at Westmont College, where he conducts the College Choir and Chamber Singers. Actively and equally engaged in both choral and orchestral worlds, Gee currently serves as Associate Conductor of Orange County’s Choral Arts Initiative and as Assistant Conductor for the Long Beach Symphony. His breadth of conducting experience has ranged from professional ensembles to church and community groups, as well as educational settings.  Recent engagements, locally and abroad, have included guest conducting the Global Harmony Symphony of Orange County, coaching cello sectionals for the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestras, and leading vocal and conducting masterclasses at the 2018 Simpósio de Música hosted by the Assemblies of God Denomination in São Paulo and Jundiaí, Brazil. He is grateful to include Jo-Michael Scheibe, Cristian Grases, Eckart Preu, Larry Livingston, and Michael Shasberger, among many others, as his conducting mentors. Gee received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

As a composer, Gee has fulfilled several commissions for ensembles in the Santa Barbara and Los Angeles music communities, including the Santa Barbara Quire of Voyces, the Westmont Orchestra and College Choir, and the Westridge School Chamber Orchestra. His choral music has been published by Colla Voce Music on the Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series. Significant composition mentors have included Sean Friar, Morten Lauridsen, and Steve Butler. 

A proud Westmont alumnus of 2013, Gee was a Monroe Scholar and graduated as First Senior, with departmental honors in both music composition and philosophy. He was a recipient of the Lilly Graduate Fellowship, and was a plenary session panelist for the Lilly Fellows Program 2020 National Conference.  While studying at the University of Southern California, he served as Associate Conductor of both the Apollo Men’s Chorus and the Oriana Women’s Choir, for which he commissioned and premiered a new choral work for treble voices and piano by composer Emma Lou Diemer.

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