A conductor of “tremendous depth and ability,” Daniel Keith O’Bryant has led professional, college, and youth orchestras for nearly two decades. Equally comfortable in the genres of symphony, ballet, opera, and popular music, he is renowned for highly entertaining programs that inspire audiences of all types.
O’Bryant currently serves as the Director of Orchestras at Northern Arizona University, where he conducts the NAU Symphony, NAU Chamber, and NAU Opera Orchestras. Prior appointments include Music Director of the Heartland Symphony, Associate Conductor of the St. Cloud Symphony, Assistant Conductor of the Salt Lake Opera Company, and Director of Orchestras at St. Cloud State University.
O’Bryant completed doctoral studies in orchestral and opera conducting at Arizona State University, and was mentored by some of the field’s leading experts, including Daniel Lewis, Gustav Meier, Neil Varon, and Timothy Russell. He received additional training through the Aspen Music Festival’s American Academy of Conductors program and workshops sponsored by the League of American Orchestras, the Conductors Guild, and the International Conductors Institute. O’Bryant recently launched an international conducting seminar, where he taught alongside Neil Varon of the Eastman School and Henry Fogel, former President of the Chicago Symphony.
As a guest conductor, O’Bryant has appeared with the University of Oregon Symphony, the University of Denver Symphony, the Arizona State Lyric Opera Theatre, the Phoenix Youth Symphony, the Keweena Symphony, the Brigham Young University Philharmonic, among others. He has worked with the Eastman School of Music Philharmonia, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory Philharmonia, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, the Omaha Symphony, and the Bakersfield Symphony.
O’Bryant is also an accomplished musician. He received a full fellowship to study bass at the Aspen Music Festival, and served as Principal Bass with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He performed with Music of the Baroque, Chicago’s premier early music ensemble, and was a member of the Elgin Symphony, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Ballet West Orchestra, the Salt Lake Opera Company, and the St. Cloud Symphony. He has soloed with orchestras in the United States and Europe, and has won first prize in numerous concerto competitions. He has collaborated in recordings and performances with such artists as Pierre Boulez, David Zinman, Lynn Harrell, and Daniel Barenboim. He worked extensively as a studio musician for Hollywood films and television programs, and was professor of string bass at Utah Valley University and St. Cloud State University.