Sunday, May 8, 2011

'Boston New Music Initiative, Inc. is pleased to announce Douglas McRay Daniels as the organization’s new music director.'

[Douglas McRay Daniels]

On November 20, 2010, AfriClassical posted: “Maestro Douglas McRay Daniels: 'taking amateur orchestras to new heights' in Greater Boston.” Rashida Black had brought him to our attention. Today we heard from Douglas “Ray” Daniels:

“Hello Mr. Zick,
Would you please post the press release regarding my new appointment? You can find it here:
Thank you,

“The Boston New Music Initiative, Inc. is pleased to announce Douglas McRay Daniels as the organization’s new music director. In addition to his new role with BNMI, Mr. Daniels will continue to serve in his existing capacities as Associate Conductor of the Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra and Artistic Director and host of the '3rd Sundays @ 3' lecture series. 'It is a great opportunity to have someone with Ray’s experience, passion, and dedication coming on board to push BNMI to the next level,' stated Tim Davis, BNMI’s founder and CEO. 'Ray’s professional missions align perfectly with our organization’s objectives, and we are all very excited to immediately begin working together.'

“Mr. Daniels has been an active and visible presence on the music scene in New England for several years. He founded Daniels Music Schools in 2003, creating music programs in several schools in the Greater Boston area. He served as the conductor of the Symphonia at Phillips Exeter Academy, the assistant conductor of the Marlborough Symphony Orchestra, and the principal conductor of the Nashoba Youth Orchestra, and has held guest conducting appointments at the Melrose Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Invitational Trombone Ensemble (BITE), and the Quincy Symphony Orchestra. He holds degrees in conducting, performance, and music education from the University of Montevallo, the Boston Conservatory, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

“The Boston New Music Initiative is currently in the midst of its second concert season. In collaboration with the Seraphim Singers, BNMI will present a concert of vocal and choral works on May 21 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jamaica Plain, and will round out the season with a concert of chamber works on June 18 at the First Church in Boston.

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