The Buffalo Master Chorale Team
Daniel Bassin — Buffalo Master Chorale Artistic Director: Dr. Bassin was appointed Artistic Director of the Buffalo Master Chorale with the start of the 2017 – 2018 season. He is an active conductor, composer, trumpeter and educator living in Buffalo, NY. In addition to his work with BMC, he is also currently Director of Instrumental Music for the Upper and Middle School divisions of Buffalo’s Nichols School and Music Director/Choir Conductor at Buffalo’s historic Unitarian Universalist Church. He served on faculty at the University at Buffalo as Music Director of the UB Symphony Orchestra from 2010-2016, and held a similar position at SUNY Buffalo State College from January of 2016 through the 2016-2017 school year. As a trumpeter, he regularly performs with the Clarence Summer Orchestra, the Buffalo Brass Quintet, and as a soloist and clinician. Daniel came to the Western New York area after working for five years in New York City as a member of the American Symphony Orchestra.
During the fall of 2008, Daniel acted as assistant conductor for the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra’s 16-city tour of the American West Coast and Midwest, and in summer 2010 his string quartet Typographies II was performed by the Arditti Quartet at the June in Buffalo Festival. He had his debut conducting the Slee Sinfonietta in 2012, and in 2013 he was a featured conductor at the Ensemble Linea/Peter Eötvös master classes at France’s Royaumont Abbey. In November 2013, he conducted the music of his teacher, David Felder, as part of an A Musical Feast retrospective concert at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. The following year, he led performances of inaugural WBFO Visiting Professor, Douglas Fitch’s Center for Fine Arts production, How Did We…? Daniel made his MATA Festival conducting debut in New York City in May 2015, leading the New York premiere of Jason Buchanan’s opera, Hunger. In June 2015, he had his Kleinhans Music Hall debut, as part of the June in Buffalo Performance Institute, and that summer he also presented site-specific versions of his own music in Buffalo’s Silo City. In February, 2016, Daniel was featured guest conductor for the Erie County Music Educator’s Association (ECMEA) Senior Orchestra, leading the elite, 107-piece orchestra in a program of Wagner and Tchaikovsky. The 2016-2017 season included a return engagement as conductor of the Southern Tier Symphony Orchestra as well as summer conducting activities with the Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra.
A passionate advocate of both the music of our time and neglected masterworks, Bassin has led more than 100 new compositions in world premiere performances and also presented over 50 rare classics in their Western New York-area first hearings. His performances have taken him to 37 countries and 42 American states. Featured numerous times in Buffalo’s ArtVoice Classical Music Notes column, reviewer Jan Jezioro has recently proclaimed that Daniel “consistently programs some of the most innovative classical music in Western New York.” He received his initial training from Long Island public schools and at the Juilliard Pre-College, followed by the New England Conservatory (B.M. with Honors in Composition), Bard College (M.F.A. in Orchestral Conducting), and in the spring of 2014 he was awarded the PhD in Composition from the University at Buffalo.
Matthew Marco — Buffalo Master Chorale Accompanist: Matthew Marco is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from SUNY Fredonia and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam) in Piano Performance and Musical Studies. At Fredonia he accompanies the Hillman Opera, Chamber Orchestra, and student soloists. He is the accompanist for the newly formed Buffalo Master Chorale and has played for vocal and instrumental competitions throughout the Buffalo area, in addition to maintaining an active teaching schedule. He previously studied piano with Francois Germain and Norman Zogaib, has participated in masterclasses with Karen Schmid and Ana Maria Trenchi Bottazzi, and is currently studying with Anne Kissel.
Mr. Marco has studied conducting with Paul Ferington and Brian Doyle and has participated in conducting masterclasses with Larry Rachleff, Donald Schleicher, Ann Howard Jones, Kenneth Kiesler, and Helmuth Rilling. He conducted the Hosmer Singers and Crane Symphony Orchestra in a workshop and performance of J.S. Bach’s Cantata BWV 147 for Maestro Rilling, conducted Michael Torke’s “Flint” at the Crane Saxophone conference, and has served as Music Director of the Clarkson University Orchestra.