Daniel Hughes - The Choral Project, San Jose

Daniel Hughes is in constant demand as a conductor, accompanist, coach and choral clinician. He serves as the Artistic Director & Conductor of San José Choral Productions (an organization whose vision is “to heal our world through music and words”) where he directs Menharmonics — a critically-acclaimed men’s chorus dedicated to celebrating diversity, creating community, and forming fellowship through quality musical performance; as well as the internationally award-winning ensemble The Choral Project — a mixed-voice vocal ensemble specializing in dramatic, conceptual performance of high-level choral music from the medieval period to the contemporary — whose mission is “to connect to one another through choral theater, education and musical excellence.” Under his direction The Choral Project has received worldwide recognition, performing to standing ovation crowds in the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, England, Scotland, Wales, and Spain. The ensemble has also received top prizes in international competitions throughout the world. They have recorded seven compact discs on the Gothic Records label.

In addition to his work with San José Choral Productions, Mr. Hughes also serves as the Chancel Choir Director for Los Altos United Methodist Church, in Los Altos, CA — a 2,500 member, multi- staff church that features two adult choirs, two youth choirs, two children’s choirs, and a resident orchestra.

Hughes has directed many sessions in Vocal Pedagogy and Conducting Technique for the American Choral Directors Association, the American Guild of Organists, the California Music Educators’ Association, and GALA Choruses. He has been a regular adjudicator for the California Golden State Choral Competitions, and has conducted honor choirs and festival choruses throughout the west coast. Collaborations include international performances with well-known ensembles such as Costa Rica’s Café Chorale, The Australian Voices, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, concerts with the critically acclaimed San José Chamber Orchestra, and creative work with award-winning Broadway composer & lyricist Stephen Schwartz. Hughes’s concert appearances include performances at Lincoln Center (New York City), Gusman Concert Hall (Miami), and Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco).

Hughes began studying piano and composition at the age of four. He has extensive training in piano and voice, and holds a Master of Arts degree in Conducting. 1st place ~ Conductor’s Choice Round, 2nd place ~ Required Pieces Round, and 3rd place ~ Folk Category (2007 California International Choral Competition); 2nd place ~ Mixed Choir competition (58th annual International Eisteddfod); 4th place ~ Small Ensemble Category (35th International Choral Competition, Gorizia, Italy); the 2nd place award (ACDA National Student Conducting Competition); the Christina Cadena Memorial Accompanying Scholarship; and the California Arts Scholar Awards for piano and composition. He is also a 2011 recipient of The American Prize Award for Choral Direction, and a 2010 Silicon Valley Arts & Business Award for 20+ years of excellence in the arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is an accomplished composer and arranger, and has his own choral series through Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Mr. Hughes’s biography is featured in Who’s Who in America. He maintains a private music studio in the Bay Area.

19 Octavos from the Daniel Hughes Choral Series
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A-wassailing arr. Daniel Hughes SATB
Ave Maria Giancarlo Aquilanti SATB
Babethandaza arr. Daniel Hughes SATB div.
Babethandaza arr. Daniel Hughes TTBB RELEASED: February 2023
Babethandaza arr. Daniel Hughes SSAA RELEASED: February 2023
Barcarolle Jacques Offenbach, arr. Sherwood Dudley TTBB
Breathe Coleman Peterson SATB RELEASED: June 2022
Christmas Goes Classical arr. David Maddux SATB
Go Down, Moses arr. Paul Carey SATB
Illumina le tenebre Joan Szymko SATB
Keramos Stephen Schwartz SATB div.
My Spirit Is Uncaged Paul Rardin SATB
Sleeping Out: Full Moon Joshua Shank SATB
So We’ll Go No More A-Roving Daniel Hughes SATB
Spring Joshua Shank SATB div.
Stand by Me, Lord Tindley, arr. Ruth Butterfield-Winter SATB/solo
Toboggan! Mona Lyn Reese SATB
Wana Baraka arr. Shawn L. Kirchner TTTBBB
Your Soul Is Song Daniel Hughes SSAATTBB