Praised for their “impeccable music direction” and “exquisite performances” (Shepherd Express, 2019), Daniel Koplitz is a performer-scholar of Western early music pursuing their Ph.D. in musicology at Stanford University. Their doctoral research explores sacred vocal musics of the Western European Middle Ages and Renaissance, particularly those performed and composed in Tudor England (1475–1603). A classically-trained baritone and choral conductor, they are the director of the Stanford-based ensemble Affeccyon and a co-coordinator of Stanford’s early modern focal group Renaissances.
A native of central Wisconsin, Daniel pursued their undergraduate studies in vocal performance at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. During their studies, they sang on scholarship at St. John’s Catholic and All Saints’ Episcopal Cathedrals and in 2017 established the vocal early music ensemble Aperi Animam, directing over thirty concert performances through May 2021. The ensemble was selected as one of four ensembles and soloists to perform on Early Music America’s 2019 Emerging Artists Showcase at the Bloomington Early Music Festival. That same year, the group premiered Amanda Schoofs’s experimental opera Eternal Burning alongside Orlande de Lassus’s Prophetiae sibyllarum in a critically acclaimed multidisciplinary collaboration with Milwaukee Opera Theatre and Cadance Collective. After graduating, they served as the Assistant Artistic Director of the Master Singers of Milwaukee (2021), the Children’s Choirmaster at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (2018–20), and the Director of Music and Cantor at All Saints’ Episcopal Cathedral (2020–2021).