Dan Perkins is professor of music and director of choral activities at Plymouth State University, where in 2007 he was appointed the first Stevens-Bristow Distinguished Professor. He is music director of the Manchester Choral Society and Orchestra and founder and music director of the New Hampshire Master Chorale. He is co-founder, with Dr. Patricia Lindberg, of the Educational Theatre Collaborative and has musically directed and conducted dozens of staged and/or concert musical theatre productions, adding Mary Poppins to his repertoire fall 2018 at PSU.
A passionate advocate for new music, Perkins’ ensembles have premiered over 20 works by Dr. Jonathan Santore, composer-in-residence for the New Hampshire Master Chorale.
Perkins is a frequent conductor of the New Hampshire Friendship Chorus and he just returned from leading their 2018 tour in Bulgaria. He was principal guest conductor for the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet in Hanoi and was also on the faculty of the Bassi Brugnatelli International Conducting and Singing Symposium in Robbiate, Italy. He is an international guest conductor and choral clinician with past engagements including Ecuador, South Africa, Chile, Hong Kong, and Vietnam. Next season’s festivals include South Korea and Puerto Rico, as well as the 41st annual All New England Choral Festival at PSU, which he produces and conducts. Perkins is also the director and pianist for Trio Veritas, a chamber music ensemble whose configuration changes with unique and varied repertoire.
He holds the degrees Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in Choral Music from the University of Southern California, and Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Brigham Young University. He continued his studies as a Fulbright scholar in Helsinki, Finland. While there, he worked as the associate conductor of the Finnish Chamber Choir and associate conductor of the Savonlinna Opera Festival Chorus.