The CSU East Bay Men's Chorus Festival


A day of men singing together, culminating in a free afternoon performance featuring the
CSU East Bay Men's Festival Chorus.


Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 - Public concert at 2:30 p.m.


University Theatre of CSU East Bay

Contact Information

For any questions please contact Festival Director Buddy James (Director of Choral Activities)
at 510-885-3128

Other Information

Special Guest Artist Jazz Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon 2014 Guest Conductor
Daniel Earl

Guest Conductor, Daniel Earl

R. Daniel Earl is retired from public school teaching after 40 years, the final 28 years at Santa Rosa High School. While at Santa Rosa High his choirs have been winners of numerous statewide and national honors, including multiple winners at the Concord Pavilion and the Golden State Choral Competitions, with both his Concert Choir and his Chamber Singers having been First Places winners. Six of his choirs have been chosen to sing for the Divisional Convention of the American Choral Directors Association, and his Chamber Singers performed at the 1999 National Convention of ACDA. Mr. Earl’s choirs have toured Europe numerous times, concluding with a tour to Prague in the Czech Republic, Wroclaw, Poland and Vienna, Austria. With a teaching career that spans 5 decades, he was treated to a retirement gala which included a choir of 450 former students and an audience of 900.

Mr. Earl was selected Teacher of the Year for Santa Rosa City Schools and Sonoma County in 1982 and again in 1998. He was honored as Alumnus of the Year by Chapman University’s School of Music in 1994. In a high school that recently celebrated its 130 year anniversary, Mr. Earl became only the seventeenth teacher to be chosen for the Santa Rosa High School’s Wall of Fame. The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce has honored Mr. Earl with the Spirit of Santa Rosa award and in 2003 he was presented the Arts in Education Award.

A 1965 graduate of Chapman College/University, where he majored in music and studied with Dr. William Hall., he began his teaching career in Southern California in the Tustin City schools in 1966. He was selected as an Outstanding Young Educator by the Tustin Jaycees in 1975. While teaching at Hewes Intermediate he met his wife-to-be, Connie, who was teaching math at the same school. After teaching music and drama for 11 years at Hewes, in 1977 he accepted a teaching position at Santa Rosa High School. Besides teaching choral music, from 1978 to 1990 he also taught the Symphonic and Marching Bands, the Orchestra, and the Jazz Band. In 1987 he was a Graduate Assistant with Dr. Charlene Archibeque at San Jose State University, where he assisted Dr. Archibeque with the Concert Choir and the Choraliers.

For the past 14 years Mr. Earl has been the conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus and its chamber ensemble, Voci di Canto, which are community choirs supported by Santa Rosa Junior College. He has been the conductor of the Redwood Empire’s Sing-Along Messiah for the past 33 years. Mr. Earl has directed numerous Honor Choirs and he has helped prepare choirs for Maestros Corrick Brown, Jeffrey Kahane, Gabriel Sakakeeny, Asher Raboy, William Hall, Robert Worth, and Bruno Ferrandis.

Mr. Earl is married to his “sweet-heart” Connie ‘Hope’ Earl for the nearly 41 years. They live west of Santa Rosa on 6 1/2 acres with their horses, dogs and cats.

Entry Form (To be filled out by school choral directors)

Ticketing Information

Free and open to the public

8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Warm-up
12:15 p.m. Lunch Break (singers bring a brown bag lunch)
1:00 p.m. Dress Rehearsal (Univ. Theatre)
2:00 p.m. Change and Picture
2:30 p.m. Concert
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