Daniel Long, Ph.D., Interim Music Director of the River City Ringers, has devoted much of his professional life to the study of interpretation, historically informed performances and promotion of choral, orchestral and handbell music.
As a conductor, vocal soloist and chorister, early historical keyboardist, and musicologist, his studies, lectures and performances have taken him to numerous academic and concert halls throughout Europe, Canada and USA. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Sacred Music from the music conservatory at Drake University, his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Texas at Austin, performance diploma from the Johann Sebastian Bach Musik Akademie and the Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology from the University of South Africa on the subject of the chronology of American baseball music.
Long has studied with such noted conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Margaret Hillis, John Canarina, Fiora Contino, Walter Ducloux and Helmuth Rilling. He has collaborated in performances with some of the leading early music interpreters. Long has also studied early historical keyboard playing with international recording artists Marie-Claire Alain, Martin Hasselbeck and Kenneth Gilbert.
As a conductor, Dr. Long performed with such noted professional music ensembles as the San Antonio Symphony, Austin Sinfonietta, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgarter Kammerorchestra, Texas Bach Choir and Collegium, Antigua Tejas, and Orchestra of St. Martin’s in the Fields, as well as the Oregon Bach Festival, International Fortnight of Early Music in Bruges, Belgium and Johann Sebastian Bach Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. As a musicologist, Long has lectured at several early music festivals, written articles for early music journals, given lectures on the spiritual symbolism found in Handel’s Messiah, sacred and wedding cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach, the Holocaust music in the 1930s, Country music Christianity and an analysis of the theology of music by the Beatles. Long has also become one of this country’s leading pioneers in the rediscovery of American early music from the Thirteen Colonies, Mexican colonial music of Nueva España, and transcription of Shaker music.
Dr. Long has also been a longtime supporter of young artists. During his tenure as the Music Director of the Austin Civic Orchestra, he developed a performance program for young artists. He also was an adjudicator at the IBLA Young Artists competition in Ragusa, Sicily.
Most recently, Dr. Long has become a biographer on the life and music of Johnny Cash. He has lectured and given presentations on these subjects at the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival at Dyess, Arkansas, the Delta Symposium at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas and the International Country Music Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. Long is Professor of Music at St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, where he was the Field Director of the London Studies Abroad program, and the recipient of the 2008-09 Distinguished Faculty Award presented by the St. Mary’s University Alumni Association. He also serves as Director of Music Ministries at Christ Lutheran Church of Alamo Heights in San Antonio, Texas.