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 with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and 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, Dr. Becker has presented his research multiple times at the University of Arizona, abroad at the 2nd Annual Conference for the Study of Progressive Rock in Edinburgh, Scotland, and most recently at the 2016 International Clarinet Association Research Competition in Lawrence, Kansas. 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.