Our Director

A native of Philadelphia, Daniel Carsello is thrilled to return home to the Penn Glee Club to serve as its Director. While an undergraduate at Penn, Daniel was a member of the Glee Club and served on its board as Secretary-Librarian, Publicity Manager, and President; he also was the Music Director of the Penn Pipers. Daniel was also a member of the University Choir and Choral Society and performed works such as Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C Minor and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor. Daniel’s prior experience on the podium includes pit direction for the African American Arts Alliance’s production of Memphis: The Musical (April 2016), Friends Select High School’s production of Cabaret (November 2016), and Penn Singers Light Opera Company’s production of Anything Goes! (December 2017). 

Daniel is currently completing coursework in his second year as a Ph.D. student in Music Studies at Temple University; he also received his master’s degree in Music History from Temple (May 2020) and his bachelor’s degree in Music at Penn (May 2016). For his master’s thesis, he conducted an ethnographic study of the recent history of the Barbershop Harmony Society’s reckoning with its checkered past. His research interests include United States vernacular music (particularly barbershop music) and identity studies, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century music (particularly that of Frédéric Chopin, Florence B. Price, and Gustav Mahler), and hermeneutics. He has presented papers at regional and national conferences on barbershop music and identity. Daniel also serves as a Teaching Assistant at Temple and has taught aural training in the music theory sequence as well as world music courses and courses in the history sequence. This year, he is serving as an instructor for general education courses in music. 

Daniel currently sings baritone in Always Sunny, a Philadelphia-based barbershop quartet currently ranked eighth in the Mid-Atlantic District of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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