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Countertenor Daniel Cromeenes brings a wealth of experience to his singing and is known by his colleagues as a solid and versatile musician. He has toured across Europe, Japan, and the United States with the Grammy Award-winning ensemble Chanticleer, singing repertoire ranging from chant and Renaissance motets to contemporary works and spiritual arrangements. He performed as soloist for the 2014 American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy, including Bach’s Mass in B minor conducted by Jeffrey Thomas. He can be seen as a member of the chorus in ABS’ film “Handel’s Messiah in Grace Cathedral.” He has also appeared in the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus with conductors Matthew Halls, Scott Allen Jarrett, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, John Nelson, and JoAnn Falletta as well as in concerts with Bach Collegium San Diego.
Local to the San Francisco Bay Area, he was featured singing lute songs for Oakland Ballet in Graham Lustig’s “Consort” and is a frequent soloist for Bay Area early music performances, including Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Purcell’s Come Ye Sons of Art with Marin Baroque. He received much acclaim for his performance of Bach’s St. John Passion at the Mission Church Santa Clara under the baton of Scot Hanna-Weir with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. He has performed Vivaldi's Gloria and solo motets, and is regularly called upon to sing Handel's works, including Messiah, Israel in Egypt, Dixit Dominus, and Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne. A huge fan of J.S. Bach, he has made it a goal to learn every alto aria in Bach's 200+ cantatas. He is also a reliable interpreter of lesser-known works by early Baroque composers, performing Carissimi’s Jonas and Charpentier’s Le Reniement de St. Pierre with California Bach Society and recording new editions of Alessandro Scarlatti’s works with Arcadiana.
Cromeenes is a regular vocalist in the elite ensembles Clerestory, American Bach Choir, and Philharmonia Baroque Chorale. In addition to his singing, several of his choral arrangements have been performed by Clerestory. Active as a private vocal coach, he enjoys sharing his knowledge of singing and Baroque ornamentation with others. He holds a Master of Music degree from East Carolina University and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Biola University. He serves as Staff Accompanist at Santa Clara University and Sonoma State University.
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