Location: New York, USA
Daniel Sommer serves on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music, where he teaches German diction courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His experience in opera and his passion for choral music haven given him the opportunities to work as German & Latin diction coach with organization such as the Bard Summer Music Festival, Berkshire Choral Festival, Clarion Music Society, Liederkranz Opera Theatre, Manhattan School of Music Chorus, Oratorio Society of New York, Pro Arte Choral, Westchester Choral Society. Through these relationships Mr. Sommer has been able to collaborate with a number of conductors including Leon Botstein, Steven Fox, Vance George, Jane Glover, Liz Hastings, Frank Nemhauser, Robert Page, David Rosenmeyer, Stephen Michael Smith, and Kent Tritle.
Mr. Sommer’s desire to share his passion led him to cofound the online diction resource SingersBabel. Hundreds of his literal translations and phonetic guides of German art songs, cantatas, and complete oratorios are available through this site. He is also the creator and editor of BabelSounds™, a mobile app developed for classical singers to teach the IPA symbols and sounds of lyric pronunciation.
Daniel Sommer, an active performer, has collaborated with Alexandria Symphonic Orchestra, Ars Musica, Berkshire Bach Society, Berkshire Choral Festival, Fairfield County Chorale, Liederkranz Opera Theatre, Music Worcester, Pocket Opera of NY, Westchester Choral Society. Highlights of past seasons include Schubert’s Winterreise & Die schöne Müllerin, Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Wolfgang Rihm’s Das Rot, Britten’s St. Nicolas, Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus & Messiah, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (arr. Schönberg), and Mozart’s Requiem. In addition, Daniel Sommer and Paul Smith present works exclusive to the voice and guitar medium in their collaborative project, Spoon River Duo.