Professor of Orchestral Conducting (Emeritus), U.S.C.
Former Music Director, Pasadena Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Lewis’ conducting career has embraced both the educational and professional arenas. He is perhaps best known for his work at the University of Southern California where he headed the orchestra and conducting programs for twenty-five years (1976-1995). He has taught at the Conductors’ Institute (New York), The Aspen Music School, and many of the American Symphony Orchestra League’s conducting workshops. After retiring from U.S.C., he taught for three years at the Colburn School of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. He has held the post of music director with the Sherwood Hall Orchestra (La Jolla, CA), the Orange County Symphony (now the Pacific Symphony), the Pasadena Symphony (1971-1983), and the Glendale Symphony.
Active both in the professional and academic musical worlds, Daniel Lewis is one of Southern California’s pre-eminent musical figures. He spent a quarter of a century, from 1970 to 1995, developing the Orchestral studies department at the University of Southern California, which has become a model for many universities throughout the nation. From 1971 to 1982 Mr. Lewis was the Music Director of the Pasadena Symphony where he succeeded Dr. Hans Lert. in his eleven years with the orchestra it became a first-rate ensemble second only to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mr. Lewis’ former academic appointments include the New England Conservatory, the University of Southern California at San Diego, California State University Fullerton and the Colburn School for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. His professional activities include serving as Musical Advisor to the Glendale Symphony, conducting at the Aspen and Alaskan Music Festivals; twice serving as Music Director of the Ojai Festival and the Cabrillo Festival; conductor of both the Orange County Symphony and the La Jolla Chamber Orchestra, associate conductor of the San Diego Symphony under Robert Shaw; and appearances with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the orchestras of Minnesota, Atlanta, Louisville, Seattle, Oakland, Phoenix, Spokane and the Colorado Springs Symphony.