Our Director

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Daniel Carsello is thrilled to return home to the Penn Glee Club to serve as its Director. Daniel was a member of the Glee Club while an undergraduate at Penn, serving on its board as Secretary-Librarian, Publicity Manager, and President. He also served as the Music Director of the Penn Pipers. Daniel also was a member of the University Choir and Choral Society and performed works such as Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C Minor and 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 in April 2016 and the Penn Singers Light Opera Company’s production of Anything Goes! in December 2017. Daniel also worked with the Friends Select High School in Philadelphia on their production of Cabaret in November 2016. 

Daniel is a second-year Ph.D. student in Music Studies at Temple University; he also received his master’s degree in Music History at Temple and his bachelor’s degree in Music at Penn. For his master’s thesis, he conducted an ethnographic study of the recent history of the Barbershop Harmony Society’s reckoning with its past. His research interests include United States vernacular music (particularly barbershop music) and identity studies, late-eighteenth and nineteenth-century music (particularly that of Florence Price and Gustav Mahler), and hermeneutics. Daniel also serves as a Teaching Assistant at Temple, helping with courses in the history and theory sequence as well as world music courses. He is also 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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