Danielle's 15-year career in choral conducting began at her hometown church, Alexandria First United Methodist, and lead her on to conduct the prestigious Indianapolis Children’s Choir under the tutelage of Henry Leck, the Indianapolis Youth Chorale with Cheryl West, the Earlham College Madrigal Singers, Women’s Chorus and Gentlemen’s Quartet. In the spring of 2013, Danielle assisted with the choral preparation of Michael Tippett's A Child of Our Time with Earlham College and Richmond Community Choirs. In January 2014, Danielle led the Earlham College Choirs on their East Coast Tour, with stops in Pennsylvania, New York City and Washington, D.C.
Danielle has also worked with numerous other ensembles, conducting styles from classical choral works to barbershop. She has served as a vocal clinician with numerous high school choirs, an adjudicator of vocal and choral competitions and led master classes for the professional development of the young singer at both Georgia Perimeter Clarkston and Shorter Colleges.
Parallel to Danielle's conducting career is an active and vibrant vocal performance career. Her colorful, lyric soprano voice has earned her roles on the stages of Des Moines Metro Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Peach State Opera, Sugar Creek Symphony and Song, and Intimate Opera of Indianapolis. Her roles include Manon in Manon, Adina in The Elixir of Love, Micaëla in La Tragédie de Carmen, Clorinda in La Cenerentola, Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, Lucy in The Telephone, Yum Yum in The Mikado, and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. A champion of new works, she recently premiered an opera in collaboration with Earlham College Orchestra, Midsummer, about Japanese internment during World War II.
Danielle is also an active performer of oratorio and chamber works. Recent engagements include a radio feature with Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer, 1915, and Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with Earlham College. She has sung the soprano solos in Carmina Burana, Haydn’s Creation, and Vivaldi’s Gloria with both Lebanon Symphony Orchestra and the Bloomington Early Music Ensemble. Upcoming performances include a concert tour with the esteemed Larchmere String Quartet, Mozart’s Requiem with Kokomo Symphony Orchestra, and Handel’s Messiah at Earlham College during the inaugural year of the new Visual and Performing Arts building.
An active supporter of arts in education, Danielle’s career reflects an intense dedication to keeping classical music alive and relevant to today’s audiences. Most recently, Danielle held the position of Director of Education for Indianapolis Opera, where she coordinated community outreach, the pre-concert lecture series and the Indianapolis Opera Young Artist Program, advancing the careers of opera’s brightest up-and-coming young talent.
A believer that collaboration is the truest way to preserve classical music, Danielle spent the last two years working with the Indianapolis Spirit and Place Festival, producing avant-garde operatic works focused on diverse themes and collaborating with mixed-media artists, professional dancers, writers, instrumentalists, theater directors and the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus.
Danielle is currently engaged in the study of yoga on the singing voice and anticipates a trip to Mysore, India this summer where she will study Ashtanga yoga in the yogashala there while studying voice and documenting the physical changes in her instrument.