Daniel Newman-Lessler

Daniel Newman-Lessler
Choral and Orchestral Conducting Program

Office Location

Music Building 1222


Interim Director of Choral Activities
Chamber Choir Conductor
Choral and Orchestral Conducting Program


Daniel Newman-Lessler is UCSB’s Interim Director of Choral Activities and Conductor of the UCSB Chamber Choir. He also serves as co-music director for the Music Academy of the West Sing! Program, conductor of the Kadima Senior Philharmonic, and assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale. He occasionally serves as assistant conductor for the Santa Barbara Symphony, and was the conductor for the Rubicon Theatre’s production of West Side Story. He teaches piano at Pepperdine University and is a lecturer for Cal State University Channel Island’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. He will be guest conducting the Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra in January 2019.
As a pianist, Daniel has won concerto competitions sponsored by SYMF, MTAC, and the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic. He is a founding member of the Singer Chamber Players. Daniel appeared on the sixth season of Glee as a pianist and has performed as a panelist for MTAC. He served as the music director of the Harmony for Humanity Daniel Pearl World Music Days Festival in Camarillo for ten years.
As a singer, Daniel has performed and recorded with Andrea Bocelli, Natalie Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, and David Foster at the Nokia Theatre, Capitol Records, and Paramount Pictures. He serves as the High Holiday Cantor at Temple Ner Ami.
His research on Dave Brubeck’s Gates of Justice received grant funding from University of the Pacific. Daniel’s award-winning compositions and arrangements have been performed by the Torrance Civic Chorale, Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale, and USC Thornton University Chorus.
Daniel graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California with an M.M. in Sacred Music and B.M. in Piano Performance.