Daniel Charles Zipin is an American conductor currently based in the Morgantown, West Virginia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania areas. A 2023-2024 Conducting Fellow for the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (Allentown, PA), Daniel served as a Cover Conductor for the orchestra's season-opening Classical Concert under the baton of Music Director Diane Wittry. Daniel's work in Allentown comes after recently serving as a Cover Conductor with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic (Scranton, PA) and the Lexington Philharmonic (Lexington, KY), upon invitation from Music Director Mélisse Brunet.
Daniel currently works as a Teaching Assistant in the orchestra program at West Virginia University (WVU), where he is finishing up his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting. In this role, Daniel serves as an Assistant Conductor of the WVU Symphony Orchestra and assists with the conducting course sequence for undergraduate music majors. Prior to his appointment in West Virginia, Daniel was a Teaching Assistant at the University of Iowa, where he served as Music Director of the Campus Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, in addition to being Head Librarian for the orchestra department. Previously, Daniel served as Music Director of the Buckeye Philharmonic (Columbus, OH), where he lead the orchestra through a period of artistic and organizational growth despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A devoted advocate for music education, Daniel worked with the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra Chamber Strings, the Preucil School of Music, and took part in the planning of major educational events at the Nationwide Children's Hospital and the Voxman Music Building as a featured conductor. Additionally, Daniel is the founder of The Instrumental Music Project, an acclaimed educational platform for young students and families that originally took off during the pandemic. Daniel's pedagogically-focused composition, Summer Suite, was a finalist in the National Flute Association's Newly Published Music Competition in 2021.
A regular attendee of conducting workshops across the United States, Daniel has worked with the Saratoga Orchestra (Whidbey Island, WA), the Boise Baroque Orchestra (Boise, ID), musicians from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and professional freelancers from around the country under the tutelage of conductors Diane Wittry, Anna Edwards, Robert Franz, Kenneth Kiesler, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Daniel's primary conducting teachers are Rotem Weinberg, Mélisse Brunet, and Miriam Burns.