Daniel C. Zipin was appointed as a Conducting Fellow with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (ASO), the premier orchestra of the Lehigh Valley metropolitan area in eastern Pennsylvania. The Conducting Fellowship is an honor given to a select group of young professionals each year, appointed via invitation-only by the award-winning Allentown Music Director, Diane Wittry. The Fellowship is designed to give early career conductors hands-on experience in the field, with opportunities to assist the ASO in rehearsal, performance, and in the organization's community outreach efforts. This upcoming October, Daniel will work as a Cover Conductor for Music Director Wittry at the orchestra's opening Classical Concert of the 2023 - 2024 season, where he will assist in the production of Jessie Montgomery's Starburst, Louise Farrenc's Symphony No. 3, and Johannes Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 featuring soloist Yefim Bronfman.
At age 24, Daniel is among the youngest Conducting Fellows in the history of the program.
"The Conducting Fellows Program supports the opportunity for promising conductors to hone their craft and enrich their musical experience through mentorship and participation in the Allentown Symphony Association’s orchestral and community programs.
The Conducting Fellows travel to the Lehigh Valley to work side by side with Allentown Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Diane Wittry, in advance of and during the production of a Classical Series concert. Along the way, they learn intricacies involved in assembling and leading a regional symphony.
Fellows also meet with Association staff to learn the range of activities necessary to operate a symphony orchestra. Their visit includes a stop at the exemplary community-based program, El Sistema Lehigh Valley."