Dan Perkins, DMA


Dan Perkins, music director, is in his 28th year at Plymouth State University, where he is professor of music and director of choral activities and in 2007 was appointed the first Stevens-Bristow Distinguished Professor.   Dr. Perkins is active as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and abroad. He is co-founder and music director of the New Hampshire Master Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, music director of the Manchester Choral Society and Orchestraand principal guest conductor and director of choral activities for the New Hampshire Music Festival, where he also directs the summer New England Choral Institute.  Past positions include guest conductor of the Asia Pacific Activities Conference Orchestra in Hanoi, Vietnam, principal guest conductor of the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet in Hanoi, music director of the Hanover Chamber Orchestra and New England Camerata, associate conductor of the Savonlinna Opera Festival Chorus, and associate conductor of the Finnish Chamber Choir.


He is a frequent conductor of the NH Friendship Chorus and will lead their 2020 performance tour in South Africa.  His choirs have performed and studied in England, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, Poland, Slovak Republic, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia, Montenegro, Morocco, Vietnam, South Korea, South Africa, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Canada, Armenia, Georgia, Bulgaria, and throughout the United States.  He led the PSU Chamber Singers on a performance/study tour South Korea in January of 2017 and just returned from a successful tour with them in Puerto Rico. He was guest conductor for Mid-America and the New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in April of 2014 and will conduct the 2020 Mid-America International concerts in Prague and Berlin.

Major works conducted in recent seasons include Durufle Requiem, Bloch Sacred Service, Bernstein Mass, Bach Mass in B minor, Sibelius Pohjola's Daughter, Pärt Te Deum, Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, and Jason Robert Brown’s Parade.   He joined the faculty at the Bassi Brugnatelli International Conducting and Singing Symposium in Robbiate, Italy, and as principal guest conductor of the NH Music Festival, he conducted works by Bernstein, Barber, and Grofe, Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem, Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Leonard Bernstein's MASS, and Mozart Mass in C minor is the featured work for the summer 2019 NH Music Festival and Choral Institute.

Perkins is also pianist for the Trio Veritas, whose recent performances included violinist Sasha Calahan, cellist Leo Eguchi, trombonist David Loucky, bass-baritone Paul Max Tipton, and mezzo-soprano Emily Jaworski.

Perkins holds the degrees Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in Choral Music from the University of Southern California, and Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Brigham Young University. He continued his studies as a Fulbright scholar in Helsinki, Finland.