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Dr. Daniel Hornstein retired from the Huntsville City Schools in 2011, where he was the director of the Arts Magnet Orchestra program, He still teaches music (brass strings,
and piano lessons, music theory and music education) through the Valley Conservatory and German through Alabama ACCESS distance learning.
He has previously been a faculty member at the University of North Alabama, Minot State University (ND), and the University of Texas at Arlington. He has had a major career as an orchestra conductor, appearing in guest engagements in such widely-separated cities as Scottsdale, AZ, Hickory, NC, Marianske Lazne (Marianbad), the Czech Republic, Munich, Germany, and Fairbanks, AL. He has served as a founding member of Minot State Universityʼs Ambassador Brass Quintet and cellist of the MSU Faculty String Quartet as well as appearing with the Minot Chamber Chorale, Western Plains Opera, and Opera South as a vocal soloist.
A native North Dakotan, he was the first North Dakotan ever to be admitted to the National High School Student Soloist Hall of Fame, sponsored by the School Musician
magazine. He attended Michigan State University under both a National Merit Scholarship and an MSU Band Scholarship. While a freshman, he was named one of “Stateʼs Top Twenty” (out of a student body of 40,000), and was a member of the Honors College. He graduated summa cum laude after only three years of study.
It was then the the time of the Vietnam War, and Dr. Hornstein served his country as the featured euphonium soloist of the USAF Band, Washington, DC. In addition to
performing concerts in Washington and many ceremonial duties (often playing in the While House, at Arlington National Cemetery, and elsewhere in Washington), he soloed with the USAF Band on tour in every state of the union and on several overseas tours. Dr. Hornstein performed at the inauguration of President Nixon and for the funerals of Presidents Eisenhower, Truman, and Johnson.
During his enlistment, he earned his Masterʼs degree in Orchestral and Opera Conducting from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and began his study of the cello. Upon his discharge, Dr. Hornstein became the conductor of the Georgetown Symphony in Washington, DC, and began doctoral studies at Catholic University in music theory and musicology. Since then, he has led orchestras and taught in Texas, Minnesota, Virginia, Maryland, and North Dakota, and finished his Ph.D. at North Texas State, with a major in music education and minors in conducting and business management.
He and his family spent the 1995-96 academic year in Munich, Germany, on a Fulbright teaching music and English at the Willi-Brandt-Gesamtschule, studying cello, and earning the Zertifikat - Deutsch als Fremdsprache (German language proficiency certificate) from the Munich Volkshochschule and Goethe Institute. He was the associate principal cellist of the orchestra of the Bürger-Sänger-Zunft and a soloist with the Munich Madrigal Choir, as well as serving as rehearsal conductor of both organizations. Dr. Hornstein was made a member of the 160-year old musical brotherhood of the Bürger-Sänger-Zunft, the only American ever, joining such other musical luminaries as Richard Strauß and Richard Wagner. He and his family were featured in a documentary on “Fifty Years of the Fulbright” produced by Deutsche Welle, broadcasting arm of the German government. This documentary was shown on nationwide German television and has been translated into five different languages.
He has guest-conducted many orchestras, including the 2010 Colorado All-State Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony, the Arctic Chamber Orchestra (Fairbanks, Alaska), the Western Bohemian Symphony (Czeck Republic), and the BSZ Symphony (Munich, Germany.)
Dr. Hornstein has presented several recitals (on both low brass and the cello), performed as a vocal soloist, (including such works as Brahms: German Requiem and
Pucciniʼs opera Gianni Schicci), served as editor of the North Dakota Music Educator, the Journal of the North Dakota Music Educators National Conference, and advisor for Minot Stateʼs Collegiate MENC chapter, which was honored in 1999 with a “National Chapter of Excellence” award, one of only four in the country. Dr. Hornstein was personally honored with the “String Teacher of the Year” award from the North Dakota American String Teacherʼs Association in the spring 0f 2000, the first time this award had been given for ten years. In October of 2000, he was named by the National MENC organization as one of North Dakotaʼs “Top Ten Music Educators” and listed in the journal Teaching Music. He also has numerous publications in music and music education journals, including The American String Teacher, The Instrumentalist, Dakota Strings, and the North Dakota Music Educator.
Since coming to Alabama, he has served as President of the Alabama Orchestra Association and President of the Alabama chapter of the American Strings Teachers Association. He is one of only 13 music teachers in the state to hold the coveted National Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and is certified and “Highly Qualified” to teach German, History, English, and Social Studies as well as Music.