Daniel Bara is the Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia, having served as Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities at East Carolina University, in Greenville, North Carolina. His university choirs have performed for state, regional, and national conventions of ACDA and MENC, and the ECU Chamber Singers completed two professional recordings for the Gothic Records label (Greater Love, 2007; Eternal Light, 2010). His conducting students have consistently advanced into the live rounds of the ACDA National Conducting Competition, and former MM conducting students now hold collegiate conducting appointments at Susquehanna University, New England Conservatory, Miami University of Ohio, University of Idaho, and William Jewell College.
Dr. Bara was the recipient of the UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award and the Robert L. Jones Award for Outstanding Teaching. Prior accolades include the Walter Hagen Conducting Prize given at the Eastman School of Music, and the ACDA National Student Conducting Competition (Graduate Division) awarded at the National Convention in San Antonio, TX in 2001. Dr. Bara is Past-President of NC-ACDA, has held the Artistic Directorship of the New York State Summer School of the Arts – School of Choral Studies (2007-2009), and has served as conductor of the World Youth Honor Choir at Interlochen Arts Camp (2004-2006). He is in regular demand as a guest conductor and clinician, with recent or upcoming engagements with all-state, regional honor choirs, and conference appearances in California, Louisiana, Colorado, Massachusetts, Virginia, Arkansas, Alabama, New York, West Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia.
Dr. Bara holds the DMA degree in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, organ and conducting degrees from the University of Michigan, and is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy. He is the Youth and Student Activities Chairman for the Southern Division Chapter of ACDA, and is served as the Performing Choir Chair for the Southern Division ACDA Convention in Winston-Salem in 2012. At UGA he oversees the graduate choral conducting program, and conducts the UGA Hodgson Singers, the University Chorus, and oversees student conductors as they conduct the Repertory Singers.