Daniel Tressel, composer and cellist, divides his time among composing, performing, and teaching. After receiving a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in cello performance from University of Nevada and University of Illinois, respectively, Daniel went on to receive his Doctor of Musical Arts in music composition from Michigan State University where he studied under Dr. Ricardo Lorenz.
As a composer, Daniel has been commissioned to write for several orchestras including the Jackson Symphony, Jackson Youth Symphony, Livingston Symphony and Mason Symphony Orchestra. In 2011 he was named the winner of the Merle J. Isaac Composition Contest for his orchestral work Sunday Stroll, which was premiered by the Lake Michigan Youth Symphony on May 13, 2012.
As a cellist, he performs with the Lansing Symphony and Jackson Symphony as well as in numerous chamber ensembles. With over 10 years of experience teaching, Daniel currently teaches cello and music composition at the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Community Music School. He also teaches Aural Harmony and Electronic Music at Spring Arbor University.