Baritone Daniel Greco is a Twin Cities based singer, actor, voice teacher, music director, worship leader, and songwriter whose varied platforms and versatility shape the foundation for his pedagogical point of view as well as his creative output. He holds a Masters in Musical Theater Voice Performance & Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from NYU Steinhardt, and a B.M. in Vocal Performance from St. Olaf College. He’s also a proud alum of the Wesley Balk Opera/Music-Theater Institute.
Daniel's career as a multi-disciplined performing artist has earned him a reputation for authentic expression, powerful presence, and truthful storytelling within classical and non-classical circles alike. Daniel has sung and soloed with many distinguished ensembles including the St. Olaf Choir, VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, Fifth Ave Presbyterian Church Chamber Choir in New York City, and most recently for the opening concert of the 17th International Festival of Sacred Music and Art in Rome with the Together in Hope Project, a collaboration with renowned Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen. He has performed as a chorister in a number of Minnesota Opera productions including the world premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night and regularly presents art song recitals, where he is sure to be found guilty of breaking at least some of the rules. Professional theater credits include numerous projects with Nautilus Music-Theater, the North American tour of Theater Latté Da's All Is Calm, originating the role of Hugh O'Neil in the world premiere production of Five Points also with Latté Da, Yellow Tree Theater (Violet), Second Fiddle (Chess), Minneapolis Musical Theater (Tick, Tick... Boom!), Shoot The Glass Theater (Company), and Theater Elision (Of Art & Artists). You can hear Daniel singing the title role on the award-winning concept album Van Winkle: A Folk Musical and as a featured vocalist on Here I Stand, a Hamilton-inspired hip-hop album. Daniel is especially fond of participating in the development of new work as he was privileged to do as a performer in Nautilus Music-Theater's Composer-Librettist Studio. He also relishes each opportunity to use his range and chameleon-like vocals in the recording studio working at ground level with the likes of composers such as Pablo Zinger, George Maurer, and more. An avid songwriter, Daniel loves to perform original music around town whether in a solo cabaret or with his band at Icehouse. He also leads worship at a large Vineyard church in NE Minneapolis.
Equal parts performer and pedagogue, Daniel has devoted much of his professional life to developing the craft of effective vocal instruction. In addition to giving master classes and voice clinics throughout the Midwest, he has also served as guest instructor at Grinnell College, as voice coach in residence for Twin Cities choral ensemble Magnum Chorum, and on the voice faculties of NYU Steinhardt, St. Olaf College, and McNally Smith College of Music where he taught Vocal Pedagogy and Lyric Diction in addition to Applied Voice. A student of forward-thinking pedagogues Dr. Brian Gill and Jeremy Aye, Daniel's teaching style is characterized by empowering students through concrete technical tools and information-forward instruction, such that the student is able to make informed choices while navigating different genres and tuning strategies. This perspective crosses over effectively into his work as a music director. In addition to conducting choirs at Mercy Vineyard Church, Daniel has music directed many special events and concerts and collaborated with artists like Rachel Kurtz, Tommy K. Wesley & Entourage, and gospel legend Robert Robinson. Daniel has also music directed theater productions at Waconia HS, St. Olaf College, and NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
On a more personal note, Daniel is a coffee snob. The only thing he likes less than bad coffee is no coffee. He likes his family a bunch too, but doesn't get to see them as often as he'd like as they are spread out across the globe in the US, Sweden, Spain, and Lebanon. danielgrecomusic.com