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Daniel Beckwith


Daniel Beckwith is assistant organist at Temple Emanu-El and interim director of music/organist at the Church of the Holy Trinity. He also has served as assistant organist at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church and St. Bartholomew’s Church; interim director of music/organist at St. John’s-in–the-Village, NYC; director of music/organist at the Second Congregational Church, Greenwich, Conn.; interim director of music/organist at St. Luke’s Parish, Darien, Conn.; director of music/organist at the Reformed Church, Bronxville, New York; and professional staff singer and assisting organist at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.

His concert appearances have included performances with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society in a program of Bach, Handel and the world premiere of Dan Welcher’s JFK: the Voice of Peace; an all-Handel concert with the Juilliard Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall; and orchestral and vocal repertory from Mozart to Wagner with Metropolitan Opera soprano YoungOk Shin at the LG Arts Center in Seoul, South Korea. He made his debut with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque in performances of Handel’s Israel in Egypt.

A return to Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival featured mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore in a concert of Bel Canto rarities; his first appearance at Spain’s Santander Festival with soprano Renée Fleming included orchestral and vocal repertory drawn from the 17th to 20th centuries. In celebration of the Mozart year, Daniel conducted an all-Mozart orchestral concert for the Princeton Festival. A concert tour with Renée Fleming included debuts with the Hartford Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Carnegie Hall. Recent engagements included a return to Fort Worth Opera for Giulio Cesare, Carmen for the Green Mountain Opera Festival and Les Contes d’Hoffmann for Michigan State University. He will be returning to Michigan State University in the spring of 2014 for La Bohème.

In demand as a partner in recital, he has appeared in the United States and Europe accompanying Renée Fleming, Benita Valente, Carol Vaness, Nancy Gustafson, Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, Jennifer Larmore, Denyce Graves, Susanne Mentzer, Jerry Hadley, Ben Heppner, Richard Leech, Nathan Gunn and Samuel Ramey. His television credits [with Ms. Fleming] include Good Morning America, The View and Martha Stewart Living.

In addition to performing as an organist, Daniel has conducted in many of the major opera houses throughout North America and Europe. His conducting career began in 1991 with an all-Mozart concert with Virginia’s Norfolk Symphony. For six seasons he served as assistant to James Levine at New York’s Metropolitan Opera and was given his conducting debut with Don Giovanni in 1995 after Mr. Levine observed his conducting of a stage rehearsal.


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