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Daniel Ketter is Assistant Professor of Music at Missouri State University, where he teaches courses in cello, chamber music, and music theory. In Springfield, Missouri, Daniel is principal cello of Springfield Symphony Orchestra and specializes in performance of contemporary and classical chamber music, regularly collaborating with Op. 76 String Quartet, Ensemble Alla Balena, Rio Verde String Quartet, Keuka Lake Music Festival, Cellax Duo, and other groups nationally and internationally.

Daniel Ketter is Co-Director and cellist of American Wild Ensemble (www.musicintheamericanwild.com), which celebrates the people and places that define American communities with new music. In 2018, American Wild Ensemble released a two-hour album of eleven original works on the ArtistShare label, including an hour-long music video album available on YouTube.

Daniel completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he served as Alan Harris’s teaching assistant. As a teacher, he created and led a technique class for undergraduates in the studio and continues to present annual summer classes as faculty for the Eastman Cello Institute.

In 2020, Daniel finished a PhD in Music Theory at Eastman School of Music. His research interests include essential voices in Schenkerian theory, performance and analysis, and a collaboration with the Natural History of Song for The Music Lab at Harvard University (https://www.naturalhistoryofsong.org). 

Daniel has a MM in cello performance and pedagogy from Peabody Conservatory, studying with Alison Wells, and graduated with high distinction from both Eastman School of Music (BM ’10, cello performance) and from University of Rochester (BA ’10, mathematics).