Assistant Professor; Director of Bands
Office: Foster 325
Mailing Address: Foster 101
Expert Areas: Conducting
Dr. Rebekah Daniel serves as Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) where she conducts the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting along with courses in wind band literature. Prior to joining the EKU faculty in 2023, she served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble and Visiting Director of Wind Ensembles at The University of Utah where she also taught undergraduate and graduate conducting and courses in Music Education.
Dr. Daniel maintains an active schedule with engagements throughout the United States as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. She has led performances of regional and world premieres, most recently the winner of the 2022 Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize, Matsuri by Eric Guinivan, and has collaborated in rehearsal and performance with several composers including Sally McCune, Dana Wilson, Zhou Tian, and Henry Dorn. Dr. Daniel has shared performances with solo instrumentalists and vocalists and leads frequent recording sessions for repertoire publications.
Dr. Daniel completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University (MSU) as a student of Dr. Kevin Sedatole. As a doctoral conducting assistant at MSU, she conducted instrumental ensembles, taught conducting courses, and was involved in all aspects of the athletic band program. Prior to attending MSU, Dr. Daniel taught in the Georgia public school system where ensembles under her direction enjoyed notable success in both district and statewide performance evaluations. She completed the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Wind Conducting at Georgia Southern University where she studied with Dr. Robert Dunham and Dr. Colin McKenzie.
As an advocate for Music Education, she has led clinics and sessions at the Texas Music Educators Clinic, New York State School Music Conference, Utah Music Educators Conference, and Georgia Music Educators In-Service Conference. Her research interests include fostering intrinsic motivation through chamber music instruction and enhancing non-verbal communication through physical awareness. She is an alumni member of Tau Beta Sigma and holds professional membership in the College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, and the National Association for Music Education.