A member of the Spokane Symphony since 2005, Daniel Cotter performs as the orchestra's 2nd and Eb Clarinetist. With a Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance from Harid Conservatory and a Master of Music Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Daniel has been invited to perform as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Harid Philharmonia, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Philharmonic of Veracruz, and the Jalisco Philharmonic, among others. After his solo appearance with the NSO, the Washington Post described his, "velvety tone and elegant phrasing." Also as a soloist, he has participated in concert broadcasts on various radio stations in New York, Cleveland, Washington D.C., and here in Spokane on KPBX. He has been invited to play with the Cleveland Orchestra and New World Symphony clarinet sections and has performed as Principal Clarinet of the Spokane Opera, the Veracruz Philharmonic, the Florida Sunshine Pops, the Miami Ballet, the Gold Coast Opera, the Florida Symphonic Pops Orchestra, the Sarasota Music Festival Orchestra, and the Santo Domingo Festival Orchestra. From 2001-2005, Daniel held the position of Professor of Clarinet at the Superior Institute of Music of the State of Veracruz. From 2005 through 2008 he served as the Music Director and Conductor for the Spokane Community Orchestra/Spokane Falls Community College Orchestra.
Daniel and his wife, Bethany Schoeff-Cotter, run the popular oboe cane website, Northwest Oboe Cane. They sell precisely gouged cane for making reeds to oboists around the world. Together they have twin boys, Ethan and Logan, born in 2012, who keep them incredibly busy. Daniel also has a large private studio of clarinet students. Teaching is a passion of his, and he is incredibly proud of the achievements of each and every one of his students. In addition to his private studio, Daniel is the Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at Spokane Falls Community College and since 2012 has been the Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at Eastern Washington University. In 2013, Daniel was named the Director of Woodwinds for the Department of Music at Eastern Washington University.
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