Biography

International soloist Daniel Becker is currently Assistant Professor of Woodwinds at Valley City State University in Valley City, North Dakota. Dr. Becker spent five years performing with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra (WA), including two seasons as principal clarinet of the group. He has also performed extensively with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and with the Tucson Pops Orchestra.  He has performed and given clinics and master classes throughout the western United States and abroad in Costa Rica, Japan, Mexico, and Canada.  Also a music theorist and public speaker, Dr. Becker has presented his research and given talks multiple times at the University of Arizona, abroad at the 2nd Annual Conference for the Study of Progressive Rock in Edinburgh, Scotland, at the 2016 International Clarinet Association Research Competition, and at the Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression at Central Washington University. Originally from Henderson, Nevada, Dr. Becker holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees, both in Clarinet Performance, from the University of Arizona and Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Wind Performance from Central Washington University.  His teachers have included Jerry Kirkbride, Florie Rothenberg, Joseph Brooks, and Felix Viscuglia.