Daniel Craig directs the USI Chamber Choir in Ireland.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Daniel Craig
In May, Daniel Craig, associate professor of music and director of USI's Chamber Choir and Women's Choir, took students on the 11th international tour he's led since joining USI 22 years ago.
Craig has taken the University choirs on trips to Poland, Canada, Germany, and Ireland. The spring 2012 tour was the fifth trip to Ireland for the Chamber Choir in the last decade. Craig has been to Ireland six times, taking a sabbatical there in 2007.
Rowan Tree, his Irish traditional band, accompanies the Chamber Choir on its Ireland tours. "I've been writing and arranging Irish traditional music for eight years," Craig said. "It's one of my areas of interest and research; my passion and my creative work."
The choir's performances in Ireland raise money for local charities, including the Clare Crusaders, AIDS West, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
View images of the 2012 Chamber Choir tour of Ireland.
Although USI currently has no music major, Craig is preparing a music minor for which courses are already in place and anticipates it will be approved in fall 2012 and offered in fall 2013.
Craig will be awarded the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana's Vanderburgh County Arts Award at a banquet and awards ceremony in September. More about the awards here.