Daniel R. Craig
Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Choirs
University of Southern Indiana
Daniel R. Craig is currently in his seventeenth year as the Director of Musical Activities at the University of Southern Indiana. At USI, Mr. Craig serves as the conductor of the USI Chamber Choir, and the USI Women's Choir. Daniel also serves as a lecturer in the area of Music History and is the producer of the USI Madrigal Feaste.
Under his direction, the USI Chamber Choir have toured throughout the United States, Canada, Poland, Germany, and Ireland. They have won several awards and have participated in numerous festivals and competitions.
In May 1999, the Chamber Choir completed its third European tour to Poland and Germany for a tour of Poznan, Berlin, Wroclaw, and Krakow. In April of 2001 they toured to Toronto Canada. In May of 2002, the Chamber Singers returned from a very successful concert tour of Ireland. This tour included concerts in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, the Augustinian Order of Limerick, and St. Maelruains Church of Ireland in Tallaght. In 2004 the Chamber Choir returned to Ireland with concerts in Cork, Limerick, and Galway to sponsor local Irish charities. In 2008, the Chamber Choir will return to Ireland to perform in the Sean-nos Project, a research and composition project produced by Mr. Craig during his recent creative sabbatical.
In 1993, Mr. Craig founded the USI Concert Choir. At that time 22 singers from various fields of study came together to begin a growing tradition on campus. In the last three years this group has grown to a roster of over 50 singers and has performed music ranging from Gregorian Chant, 18th Century Masses and Litanies to contemporary Spirituals and part songs. In 1996 the USI Concert Choir joined with five other area church choirs to perform John Rutter's Requiem in a chorus of over 100 singers. In 2000 this ensemble was converted into the USI Women's Choir which now offers an eclectic repertory of music for women.
Mr. Craig also is in his eleventh year as Director of Music at Old North United Methodist Church in Evansville. At Old North UMC, Daniel directs the Chancel Choir and Youth Choir. During his tenure at Old North, Daniel has also conducted the Evansville Ecumenical Choir, a group of singers from over forty local churches. Daniel has served as director of music ministries in the United Methodist, Presbyterian, Disciples of Christ, and Roman Catholic churches over the past twenty two years.
Mr. Craig is a founding member of the Irish Traditional Group, Rowan Tree where he sings and plays tinwhistle, recorder, and bodhran.
Mr. Craig holds degrees from Murray State University (BA-Voice and Conducting 1986) and the University of Illinois (MM Choral Conducting 1989). Prior to coming to USI, Mr. Craig was the Director of Choirs at Casper College, Casper, Wyoming. He has served as the guest conductor of the State of Wyoming Community Chorus, the Casper All-City High School Chorus, the Cantores Malborienses and Lutnia Choirs of Malbork, Poland, the Adam Mickiewicz University Chamber Choir, Poznan, Poland, and has conducted many clinics throughout the United States, Canada, and Poland, in university, church, secondary school choirs, and community choruses.
Daniel enjoys music composition, audio recording, painting, photography and is an avid bass fisherman. He is married to Clara Meadows Craig and has one daughter, Jennifer Anne Craig, age 16.