The Arts Program at Bryn Mawr is pleased to welcome Daniel Spratlan as visiting Director of Choral and Vocal Studies in the Bi-Co Haverford and Bryn Mawr College Department of Music. Originally from Amherst, Massachusetts, Spratlan received a Doctorate in Musical Arts in choral conducting from Rutgers University, a Master of Music in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College, and a Bachelor of Arts in music from Earlham College. He comes to the Bi-Community from his recent position as Acting Director of Choral Activities at Drexel University. Spratlan previously taught at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where he also served as the assistant conductor of the Rutgers University Kirkpatrick Choir and Glee Club. He has held assistant conductor positions at Westminster Choir College and Earlham College.
Spratlan is also in his sixth year as the Director of Music at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia, where he conducts the Gallery Choir and directs Cantatas and Chamber Music, a monthly professional concert series. The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill is a music hub to north-west Philadelphia, and is home to professional music ensembles The Crossing, Tempesta di Mare, Piffaro, and the Pennsylvania Girlchoir.
Spratlan is an active professional singer with a versatile bass voice that has allowed him to perform many genres of vocal music from chant to opera, and Baroque cantatas to post-modern choral music. Currently in his eleventh season with the GRAMMY®-nominated chamber choir The Crossing, he has sung regularly with the New York Philharmonic and New York Choral Artists. Recent seasons include performances as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a tour to Quebec with the GRAMMY®-nominated Clarion Choir, three seasons in the chorus with Opera Philadelphia, and concerts with I.C.E., Piffaro, Tempesta di Mare, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, London Philharmonic, Quicksilver Baroque, and Fuma Sacra.
On Friday, October 27, Spratlan will conduct the Chamber Singers of Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges in the Annual Student Ensembles Concert of Family Weekend at Haverford College. The special concert also features the Haverford-Bryn Mawr College Orchestra, along with several of Haverford’s favorite student a cappella groups. The concert will be held at 8:30 p.m. in Roberts Hall, Marshall Auditorium, on the Haverford College Campus, and is free and open to the public. For more details, visit Bi-Co Department of Music concert schedule.
The Bi-Co Department of Music curriculum is designed to deepen students’ understanding of musical form and expression through the development of skill in composition and performance joined with analysis of musical works and their place in various cultures. Students may pursue a Minor or Major in Music, with academic classes in Composition/Theory, Musicology, and Performance, and applied choral, instrumental, or piano studies, including private lessons.