In 2011, 12 international conductors were selected to study with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in St. Petersburg, Russia. Dan was one of only two American students selected for this honor. At the end of the course, Dan was recognized for his "exceptional conducting" and was one of six students selected to conduct in a public concert.
In 2012, The College Orchestra Directors Association selected six graduate students to work with Victor Yampolsky at Northwestern University, Chicago. Representing Oklahoma State University, Dan was the only student selected at the Master of Arts level. All of the other participants were enrolled in music conservatories including Peabody, Eastman, and Julliard.
As a festival conductor, Dan has been invited to work with:
- The Broken Arrow Choir Festival (350 students, grades 6-8)
- The Northeast Oklahoma Honors Orchestra (80 students, grades 10-12)
- Circle the State With Song (200 students, grades 4-6)
- The Tulsa Festival of Hymns (175 adults and orchestra)
- The Tulsa Night to Honor Israel (120 adults and orchestra)
In 2006, Dan began a volunteer relationship with Berryhill High School developing a vocal music program that was previously disbanded. Dan served as Director of Vocal Music for 5 years volunteering before and after school. During that time, Berryhill Choirs received multiple awards in Oklahoma and Missouri. In 2009, Berryhill Concert Choir was one of only five 3A schools in the state to receive (I) ratings at The Oklahoma State Music Festival.
Dan’s professional affiliations include the Conductor’s Guild, the American Choral Director’s Association, and the College Orchestra Director’s Association.