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Daniel Wachs

Associate Professor
Director of Orchestral Activities
College of Performing Arts; Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Expertise: Orchestral Conducting; Orchestra; Collaborative Pianist;
Office Location: Bertea Hall 128
Phone: (714) 997-6914
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
Education:
The Curtis Institute of Music, Bachelor of Music
The Juilliard School, Master of Music
The Juilliard School, Master of Music

Biography

Conductor Daniel Alfred Wachs emerged on the international scene following his debut with the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg in November 2010, leading a world première by Toshio Hosokawa at the Grosses Festspielhaus. The Austrian press praised: “Engaging, rhythmically inspired, precise in its execution, the “Mambo” was equal to a performance by Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra!” Wachs has guest conducted Orange County’s Pacific Symphony, the Auckland Philharmonia, the National Symphony Orchestra (as part of the National Conducting Institute), the Sarasota Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, the Oakland Symphony, the Monterey Symphony, the Spartanburg Philharmonic, and New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center. Wachs has also served as assistant conductor at the Cincinnati Opera and for the French première of Bernstein’s Candide at the Théâtre du Châtelet, a Robert Carsen co-production with La Scala and the English National Opera. In 2015, Wachs made his debut on the acclaimed new music series Jacaranda: Music at the Edge in Santa Monica, conducting works by Weill and Stravinsky.

A pianist as well as a conductor, Wachs’ performance with the Minnesota Orchestra “proved a revelation, delivering a technically impeccable, emotionally powerful performance of two Mozart piano concertos and a pair of solo works,” raved the St. Paul Pioneer Press. With the encouragement of Zubin Mehta, Wachs began his studies with Enrique Barenboim in Tel Aviv before pursuing studies at the Zürich Academy and graduating from The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. He has also participated at such festivals at Aspen, Tanglewood and Verbier. Wachs has also been entrusted with preparing orchestras for Valery Gergiev and Vladimir Spivakov, and has served as Assistant Conductor to Osmo Vänskä at the Minnesota Orchestra and at the National Orchestra of France under Kurt Masur. Additionally, he has served as cover conductor for the Houston Symphony and for the Rotterdam Philharmonic on tour.

Committed to the cause of music education, Wachs will conclude his ten-year tenure in 2019 as Music Director & Conductor of The Philharmonic Society’s Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) in Southern California. He is also Music Director of The Chapman Orchestra (TCO) at Chapman University. Of a recent OCYSO performance, The Los Angeles Times states, “The performance was smashing thanks in no small part to the exceptionally well-practiced pre-professionals.” Both the OCYSO and TCO were finalists for the 2012 American Prize in Orchestral Performance and OCYSO was the 2012 winner in the youth category. In May 2014, OCYSO was presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County to a sold-out Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in a performance that included Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and the West Coast Premiere of Mark Anthony Turnage’s “Frieze”. This concert was selected by both the Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times as top picks during the 2013-2014 season and was later broadcast on PBS SoCal. The Orange County Register exclaimed: “Wachs guided the ensemble with energy, precision, and a welcome sense of clarity and poise. The performance wasn’t just good by standards for younger performers, but forceful and exuberant by any standard: genuinely inspiring, technically proficient, structurally sound. The combined choruses were a powerhouse.” During the 2015-16 Season, Wachs and OCYSO joined forces with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles, presenting the United States Premiere of Turnage’s “Passchendaele”, an OCYSO co-commission on the LA Phil’s Sounds About Town series on the stage of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The concert received ecstatic reviews from Musical America, the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register. Wachs also led a joint concert with members of OCYSO and YMF at the acclaimed Sundays Live Series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He then took OCYSO on its second international tour with concerts throughout Spain in summer 2016.

Under Wachs’ leadership, TCO completed a survey of Mahler song cycles with baritone Vladimir Chernov and initiated a partnership with LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. TCO’s annual Holiday Wassail Concert continues to be distributed nationally on PBS. TCO also holds an annual side-by-side rehearsal with the Pacific Symphony in the new $85 million-dollar Musco Center for the Arts, TCO’s new home on the Chapman University campus. In Orange County, Wachs was featured in the January 2016 edition of Modern Luxury and selected as one of OC Metro’s 2014 “40 Under Forty” most impressive young professionals. Wachs’ expertise and experience in developing and infusing new life into education concerts has led to repeat engagements with the Monterey and Palm Beach Symphonies.

An accomplished opera conductor and collaborative pianist, Wachs has led Albert Herring, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, Cosi fan tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Impresario, Amahl and the Night Visitors, acts from La Traviata and Die Fledermaus and the operas La Divina and Signor Deluso by Pasatieri. He has accompanied tenor William Burden in recital and recently made his debut on the LA Philharmonic Chamber Music Series at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Orange County School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra & Arts Classical Voice Conservatory Daniel Alfred Wachs, Guest Conductor Lynette Tapia, soprano Milena Kitic, mezzo-soprano • Johann Strauss II – “Die Fledermaus” Orange County School of the Arts
May 16 The Chapman Orchestra Sholund Scholarship Concert, Chapman Auditorium, Memorial Hall
February 24 & 25 Guest Conductor with the Monterey Symphony
March 8 Chapman Chamber Orchestra & University Singers (St. John’s Lutheran Church) Fifth Annual Concert at St. John’s
March 22 Chapman Chamber Orchestra Community Concert University Synagogue, Irvine
May 2 USC Thornton School of Music Adjudicator, Strings Concerto Competition Midori, Director
May 5 Cal State Long Beach Concerto Competition Adjudicator
May 12 American String Teachers Association Competition Cal State Fullerton/ Adjudicator
November 16 & 17 Chapman Chamber Orchestra (Fish Interfaith Chapel & Nixon Presidential Library)
February 17 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) Segerstrom Concert Hall Concerts for Fifth Graders presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County
March 9 Chapman Chamber Orchestra & University Singers (St. John’s Lutheran Church) Fourth Annual Concert at St. John’s featuring 2011 Concerto Competition Winner Amy Dabalos and Daniel Alfred Wachs, conductor & pianist
March 13 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) Segerstrom Concert Hall Concerts for Fifth Graders, presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County
March 15 Chapman Chamber Orchestra Community Concert Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach
March 18 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) Memorial Hall Spring Concert
March 28 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) Segerstrom Concert Hall Concerts for Fifth Graders presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County
April 2 Hunter Symphony, City University of New York Clinic/Workshop (Rehearsal)
April 4 Swarthmore College, PA Clinic/Workshop (Rehearsal)
April 19 Chapman Chamber Orchestra & University Singers (Memorial Hall) An Evening of Holocaust Remembrance with Elie Wiesel, Carrie Dennis, Principal Viola, LA Philharmonic, Tracy Cox, soprano, member of the LA Opera Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, Daniel Alfred Wachs, conductor & pianist
April 18 & 19 Pacific Northwest Chamber Orchestra Artistic Advisor
February 11-13 Houston Symphony Cover Conductor All Ravel program
September 12 The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia Guest Lecturer: Conductor’s Forum
November 18 Joshua Winograde, Senior Director of Artistic Planning, LA Opera: Coordinated on-campus master class
November 18 & 19 Chapman Chamber Orchestra (Fish Interfaith Chapel & Nixon Presidential Library) Concert in collaboration with the LA Opera Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program Janai Brugger Orman, soprano
December 2 & 3 Chapman Chamber Orchestra & University Choirs (Memorial Hall) 48th Annual Wassail
December 11 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) Winter Concert Memorial Hall
April 28 Sweetwater Union High School District 15th Annual StringFest Guest Conductor
May 14 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) Spring Gala Concert Chapman University Memorial Auditorium Chamber Music featuring the OCYSO Chamber Music Initiative Saint – Saens – Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Phoebe Kim, 2010 Concerto Competition Winner Lalo – Cello Concerto in D minor: Mvt. I Connor Bogenreif, 2010 Concerto Competition Winner Stravinsky – Firebird Suite (1919)
May 7 Chapman Chamber Orchestra & Chorus Sholund Scholarship Concert Honoring Chapman University’s 150th Anniversary Chapman University Memorial Auditorium Beethoven – Mass in C Mozart – Ave verum corpus
April 6 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) Segerstrom Concert Hall Concert # 3 I Got Rhythm! Gershwin – I Got Rhythm Stravinsky – Dance of the Young Girls and Naming and Honoring of the Chosen One from The Rite of Spring J. Strauss – Fledermaus Overture (excerpt) Marquez – Danzon N. 2 (excerpt) Khachaturian – Lezghinka & Sabre Dance from Gayane
April 1, 2 & 3 Opera Chapman & Chapman Chamber Orchestra 2011 Gala featuring guest stars Carol Neblett and Milena Kitic Chapman University Memorial Auditorium Verdi – La Traviata, Act II Finale J. Strauss. Jr – Die Fledermaus, Act II
March 15 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) Segerstrom Concert Hall Concert # 2 I Got Rhythm! Gershwin – I Got Rhythm Stravinsky – Dance of the Young Girls and Naming and Honoring of the Chosen One from The Rite of Spring J. Strauss – Fledermaus Overture (excerpt) Marquez – Danzon N. 2 (excerpt) Khachaturian – Lezghinka & Sabre Dance from Gayane
March 13 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) Winter Concert I Got Rhythm! Chapman University Memorial Auditorium Gershwin – I Got Rhythm Stravinsky – Dance of the Young Girls and Naming and Honoring of the Chosen One from The Rite of Spring J. Strauss – Fledermaus Overture Marquez – Danzon N. 2 Khachaturian – Lezghinka & Sabre Dance from Gayane
March 4 Chapman Chamber Orchestra & University Singers St. John’s Lutheran Church Faure – Pavane Ravel – Le Tombeau de Couperin Bernstein – Chichester Psalms
March 3 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) Segerstrom Concert Hall Concert # 1 I Got Rhythm! Gershwin – I Got Rhythm Stravinsky – Dance of the Young Girls and Naming and Honoring of the Chosen One from The Rite of Spring J. Strauss – Fledermaus Overture (excerpt) Marquez – Danzon N. 2 (excerpt) Khachaturian – Lezghinka & Sabre Dance from Gayane
December 18,19 & 21 New York City Ballet State Theatre, Lincoln Center Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker
December 5 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) Fall Concert Chapman University Memorial Auditorium J. Strauss – Fledermaus Overture Gershwin – An American in Paris Dvorak – Symphony N. 9: Scherzo
December 3 & 4 Chapman Chamber Orchestra & Choir Holiday Concert Fish Interfaith Center Processional – See Amid the Winter’s Snow (arr. Coker) Tchaikovsky – The Snow Maidens from The Nutcracker Act II Fum, Fum, Fum (arr. Wilberg) Angels We Have Heard on high (arr. Coker) The First Noel (arr. Coker) Rave l – Prelude & Menuet from Le Tombeau de Couperin O Come All Ye Faithful (arr. Coker) Ramirez – Gloria from Misa criolla Handel – Hallelujah from Messiah
November 20 Chapman Chamber Orchestra Chapman University Memorial Auditorium Brahms – Tragic Overture Mahler – Kindertotenlieder Vladimir Chernov,baritone Beethoven – Symphony N. 5 Concert in support of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days
November 3 Mozarteum Orchestra & Landesjugendorchester Salzburg Grosses Festspielhaus Hosokawa – Dances imaginaire II, world premiere Bernstein – Symphonic Dances from West Side Story Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker Suite N. 1 J. Strauss Jr. – Roses from the South
October 9 Daniel Alfred Wachs & Louise Thomas, piano Schumacher Hall Music by Albeniz, Schumann, Chopin & Brahms
May 9 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra Spring Gala Concert Chapman University Memorial Auditorium String Quartet featuring the OCYSO String Quartet Hindemith – Konzertmusik Op. 49 (Mvts. I, III & IV) Austin Chen, piano Weber – Concertino Op. 26 Lacey Yun, 2010 Concerto Competition Winner Dvorak – Symphony N.9 (Mvts. I & IV)
April 23, 24 & 25 Opera Chapman & Chapman Chamber Orchestra Mozart – Cosi fan tutte
April 20 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) Segerstrom Concert Hall Concert # 4 Celebrations! Honoring the 40th Anniversary Season of OCYSO Praetorius – Brass Fanfare Handel – Entrance of the Queen of Sheba Haydn – Cello Concerto in C (Mvt. III) Mendelssohn – Wedding March from A Midsummer’s Night Dream Mahler – Symphony N. 4, Mvt. I (excerpt) Handel – Hallelujah Chorus
April 10 Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, South Carolina Miniatures & Masterpieces Bach – Suite No. 3 Mahler – Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen (arr. Schoenberg) Agocs – By the Streams of Babylon Wagner – Siegfried Idyll
March 23 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) Segerstrom Concert Hall Concert # 3 Celebrations! Honoring the 40th Anniversary Season of OCYSO Praetorius – Brass Fanfare Handel – Entrance of the Queen of Sheba Haydn – Cello Concerto in C (Mvt. III) Mendelssohn – Wedding March from A Midsummer’s Night Dream Mahler – Symphony N. 4, Mvt. I (excerpt) Handel – Hallelujah Chorus
March 21 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) Winter Concert Chapman University Memorial Auditorium Praetorius – Brass Fanfare Handel – Entrance of the Queen of Sheba Haydn – Cello Concerto in C (Mvt. III) Mendelssohn – Wedding March from A Midsummer’s Night Dream Mahler – Symphony N. 4, Mvt. I (excerpt) Handel – Hallelujah Chorus
March 10 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) Segerstrom Concert Hall Concert # 2 Celebrations! Honoring the 40th Anniversary Season of OCYSO Praetorius – Brass Fanfare Handel – Entrance of the Queen of Sheba Haydn – Cello Concerto in C (Mvt. III) Mendelssohn – Wedding March from A Midsummer’s Night Dream Mahler – Symphony N. 4, Mvt. I (excerpt) Handel – Hallelujah Chorus
March 7 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) at Laguna Woods Celebrations! Honoring the 40th Anniversary Season of OCYSO Praetorius – Brass Fanfare Handel – Entrance of the Queen of Sheba Haydn – Cello Concerto in C (Mvt. III) Mendelssohn – Wedding March from A Midsummer’s Night Dream Mahler – Symphony N. 4, Mvt. I (excerpt) Handel – Hallelujah Chorus
March 5 Chapman Chamber Orchestra & University Singers St. John’s Lutheran Church, Orange Respighi – La Primavera from Trittico botticelliano Bizet – Valse avec choeur De Falla – Suite from the Three Cornered Hat Debussy – Au Printemps Griffes - Three Poems of Fiona MacLeod Brett Sprague, tenor Corigliano – Fern Hill Rachel Wilson, mezzo-soprano
February 16 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) Segerstrom Concert Hall Concert # 1 Celebrations! Honoring the 40th Anniversary Season of OCYSO Praetorius – Brass Fanfare Handel – Entrance of the Queen of Sheba Haydn – Cello Concerto in C (Mvt. III) Mendelssohn – Wedding March from A Midsummer’s Night Dream Mahler – Symphony N. 4, Mvt. I (excerpt) Handel – Hallelujah Chorus
August 21 The Harmony Project Dean Anderson, violin/ Daniel Alfred Wachs, piano Beethoven - Spring Sonata
December 13 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) Fall Concert Chapman University Memorial Hall Auditorium Schwertsik – Mr. K Discovers America Mahler – Symphony N. 4, Mvts. I & II
December 4 & 5 Chapman Chamber Orchestra & Choir Holiday Concert Tchaikovsky – Selections from The Nutcracker
October 22 & 23 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) & Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg Segerstrom Concert Hall United States premiere of Kurt Schwertsik’s Herr K entdeckt America
October 17 (Chapman University) Chapman Chamber Orchestra & 18 (Nixon Presidential Library) Faure – Pelleas et Melisande, Op. 80 Mahler – Ruckert Lieder Vladimir Chernov,baritone Beethoven – Symphony N. 1 Concert in support of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days
May 17 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) Spring Gala Concert Chapman University Memorial Auditorium Bizet – Suite from Carmen Sarasate – Zigeunerweisen Winnie Wang, 2008 Concerto Competition Winner Saint – Saens – Symphony N. 3 “Organ”
May 9 Chapman Chamber Orchestra & Chorus Sholund Scholarship Concert Beethoven – Choral Fantasy Grace Fong, piano Schubert – Mass N. 6 in E Flat D. 950
April 24 & 26 Opera Chapman & Chapman Chamber Orchestra Pasatieri - Signor Deluso Pasatieri - La Divina Mozart – The Impressario
March 28 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) at Laguna Woods Wagner – Die Meistersinger Overture Aratunian – Trumpet Concerto Lauren Ewing, 2008 Concerto Competition Winner Franck – Symphony in D minor
March 17 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) Segerstrom Concert Hall Concert # 4 The Case of the Missing Pipe Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra (excerpt) Bach (arr. Stokowski) – Toccata & Fugue in D minor Franck – Symphony in D (Mvt. 1) Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue Saint Saens – Symphony N. 3 (excerpts)
March 15 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) Winter Concert Chapman University Memorial Auditorium Wagner – Die Meistersinger Overture Goossens – Oboe Concerto Evan Adams, 2008 Concerto Competition Winner Franck – Symphony in D minor
March 10 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) Segerstrom Concert Hall Concert # 3 The Case of the Missing Pipe Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra (excerpt) Bach (arr. Stokowski) – Toccata & Fugue in D minor Franck – Symphony in D (Mvt. 1) Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue Saint Saens – Symphony N. 3 (excerpts)
February 27 Chapman Chamber Orchestra & Chorus St. John’s Lutheran Church, Orange Albinoni – Adagio Rossini – Una voce poco fa Erin Gonzales, 2008 Concerto Competition Winner Bach – Brandenburg Concerto N. 5 Bach – Cantata N. 80
February 17 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) Segerstrom Concert Hall Concerts #2 The Case of the Missing Pipe Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra (excerpt) Bach (arr. Stokowski) – Toccata & Fugue in D minor Franck – Symphony in D (Mvt. 1) Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue Saint Saens – Symphony N. 3 (excerpts)
January 28 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) Segerstrom Concert Hall Concert #1 The Case of the Missing Pipe Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra (excerpt) Bach (arr. Stokowski) – Toccata & Fugue in D minor Franck – Symphony in D (Mvt. 1) Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue Saint Saens – Symphony N. 3 (excerpts)
January 25 Southern CA Schools Band Orchestra Association Honors Orchestra Carpenter Center, Cal State Long Beach Rachmaninov – Symphony N. 2 (Mvts. I & III)
December 13 Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) Fall Concert Chapman University Memorial Auditorium The Case of the Missing Pipe Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra (excerpt) Bach (arr. Stokowski) – Toccata & Fugue in D minor Franck – Symphony in D (Mvt. 1) Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue Saint Saens – Symphony N. 3 (excerpts)
December 4 & 5 Chapman Chamber Orchestra & Choir Holiday Concert Fish Interfaith Center
October 17 (Chapman University) Chapman Chamber Orchestra & 18 (Nixon Presidential Library) Faure – Pelleas et Melisande, Op. 80 Mahler (arr. de Leeuw) - Kindertotenlieder Vladimir Chernov, baritone Beethoven – Symphony N. 1 Concert in support of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days