Daniel Baldwin has served since 1997 as Director of Orchestral Activities at Luther College. In addition to his work as conductor of the Luther College Symphony and Chamber Orchestras and the Opera Workshop, Dr. Baldwin teaches conducting. He holds the Bachelor of Music (cello) from Furman University and Master of Music (cello) and Doctor of Musical Arts (instrumental conducting) from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to his arrival at Luther, Dr. Baldwin was an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington.
Baldwin received his formal training in string pedagogy as a teacher in the University of Texas String Project, perhaps the most comprehensive program of its kind in North America. Phyllis Young, director of the String Project for 35 years, was Baldwin’s cello teacher during his studies at the University of Texas. He studied conducting with Henry Charles Smith, Cornelius Eberhardt, Sung Kwak, Walter Dulcoux, and Fiora Contino.
Baldwin has also served as the Musical Director of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras and the Transylvania Youth Orchestra of the Brevard (NC) Music Center, the largest summer music festival in the South. A 1991 conducting fellow of the Conductor’s Institute of the University of South Carolina and formerly a cellist with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Dr. Baldwin maintains an active schedule as clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor. In April 2007 Daniel Baldwin accepted the position of Musical and Artistic Director of the Lake Chelan Bachfest in Chelan, Washington. On three occasions since 1997 he has traveled to Europe with the Luther College Symphony Orchestra, enjoying month-long January residencies in Vienna, Austria and performing in such venues as the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz and the Vienna Konzerthaus. The Luther College Symphony tours annually in the US; since 1997, Daniel Baldwin and the Luther orchestra have completed seven major American tours, performing in at least twenty states.