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Daniel W. Chetel

Assistant Professor of Music; Director of Orchestral Activities, Augustana Symphony Orchestra, Conducting, Music Appreciation

Dr. Daniel Chetel joins the faculty of Augustana after concluding his tenure as the music director and conductor of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras in Lexington, Ky., where he also taught at the University of Kentucky School of Music.

Dr. Chetel has conducted orchestras and opera companies across the United States and has traveled to Acarigua, Venezuela, to work with a nucleo of the nationwide Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System, El Sistema.

Originally from Massachusetts, Dr. Chetel holds a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.M. from the University of Maryland School of Music, and a D.M.A. in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Kentucky School of Music, where his doctoral research addressed the publication and performance challenges of Hans Krása’s children’s opera Brundibár.

Dr. Chetel’s musical interests include opera and American music, and he looks forward to an exciting season with the Augustana Symphony Orchestra.

Specializations: Opera, American music


  • A.B., Harvard
  • M.M., Maryland
  • D.M.A., Kentucky