Education and Background
Daniel Hughes is in constant demand as a conductor, accompanist, coach and choral clinician. He serves as the Artistic Director & Conductor of San José Choral Productions (an organization whose vision is “to heal our world through music and words”) where he directs the internationally award-winning ensemble The Choral Project — a mixed-voice vocal ensemble specializing in dramatic, conceptual performance of high-level choral music from the medieval period to the contemporary — whose mission is “to connect to one another through choral theater, education and musical excellence.” Under his direction The Choral Project has received worldwide recognition, performing to standing ovation crowds in the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, England, Scotland, Wales, and Spain. The ensemble has also received top prizes in international competitions throughout the world. They have recorded seven compact discs on the Gothic Records label.
Daniel was also recently named the interim Artistic Director for The Stockton Chorale — a large symphonic chorus of 80+ members.
In addition to his work with The Choral Project and the Stockton Chorale, Mr. Hughes also serves as the Chancel Choir Director for Los Altos United Methodist Church, in Los Altos, CA — a 2,500 member, multi-staff church that features two adult choirs, two youth choirs, two children’s choirs, and a resident orchestra.
Hughes began studying piano and composition at the age of four. He has extensive training in piano and voice, and holds a Master of Arts degree in Conducting. He maintains a private music studio in the Bay Area.
“I find myself today making music with diverse, inspiring musicians, and helping singers in both my choirs as well as in my private studio unlock their vocal potential through voice instruction. I count my blessings every day that I can be so fulfilled in what I do.”