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Daniel O’Bryant is Director of Orchestras and Low Strings at St. Cloud State University. In addition to directing the Orchestra, he is also responsible for teaching applied lessons on string bass, beginning cello, and courses on conducting technique, string pedagogy, and music appreciation.
Prior to this appointment, he worked extensively as a bassist, conductor, and educator in various academic and professional positions.
His bass teachers include Bruce Bransby, of the Indiana School of Music, and Walter Birkedahl of Brigham Young University. O’Bryant served as assistant-principal bassist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and section bassist with Music of the Baroque, the Elgin Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Ballet West, and the Salt Lake Opera Company.
He was awarded a full fellowship to study bass at the Aspen Music Festival, and has been a featured soloist with many prominent orchestras. O’Bryant has taught bass for many years, and served as the faculty bass instructor at Utah Valley State College.
His conducting teachers include Daniel Lewis, Donald Thulean, Kory Katseanes, Timothy Russell, Gary Hill, and William Reber. O’Bryant’s conducting engagements include assistant conductor of the Salt Lake Opera Company, assistant conductor of the Brigham Young University and Arizona State University Orchestras, founder and conductor of the Utah County Chamber Players, assistant conductor of the Utah Valley Youth Symphony, and orchestra director at Jackson Intermediate in Houston, Texas.
He has also conducted the Bakersfield Symphony, the Conductors Institute of South Carolina Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival’s American Academy of Conductors Orchestra, the ASU Lyric Opera Theatre Orchestra, and the BYU Musical Theatre Orchestra.