Daniel GRESS


Daniel GRESS
Coordinator of the Brass Sector; Director of Performance Studies and Professor, Conductor – Wind Ensemble

Pérez 416

Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 3340

Work E-mail: dgress@uOttawa.ca

Daniel Gress photo, conducting


A well-known musical figure in Canada, Daniel Gress is a graduate of the University of Evansville and was Principal Horn of the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) Band from 1971 to 1974, at that time the only international military band in existence. Stationed in Colorado Springs, the Band toured frequently as part of its role in support of the NORAD mission and made many trips to Canada, playing concerts from Victoria to St. John’s. A founding member of the Colorado Springs Chamber Music Society, Mr. Gress also held Principal Horn positions with the Colorado Springs symphony and the Colorado Opera Festival.

He left Colorado upon his admission to the Graduate School of Music at Indiana University where he was a student of Philip Farkas, the legendary horn pedagogue. It was during this time that he first worked with Mario Bernardi, who had been invited to be a Guest Conductor of the Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra. A short time after that, Mr. Gress successfully auditioned for the position of Principal Horn with the National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO), a job that he held for twenty-five years. In that time he was a soloist with the NACO on several occasions, was a frequent participant on its Music for a Sunday Afternoon Series with some of the world’s best known chamber music specialists, and he appeared as a soloist with Thirteen Strings and the Bel Canto Wind Quintet. Mr. Gress made over twenty recordings with the NACO and served as a member of its Players’, Artistic Advisory, and Bursary Committees. 

He has been associated with the School of Music at the University of Ottawa since 1977 and is often called upon as a clinician and adjudicator. His former students can be heard in Canada’s finest musical organizations, including the NACO, the Calgary Philharmonic, and the Canadian Brass.

Mr. Gress recently participated in performances of Harry Somer’s The Death of Enkidu as part of Somersfest in Toronto. He has also appeared on local concerts sponsored by Espace Musique, the University of Ottawa, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. In February 2003, he made his orchestral conducting debut with the University of Ottawa Orchestra, having appeared as a soloist in February 2002.

In addition to his vast orchestral experience, Mr. Gress has also had the privilege of performing under the batons of Clifton Williams, Robert Jager, and William D. Revelli as a member of the Indiana Intercollegiate Band and the Indiana All-State Band.

Fields of Interest

  • Horn
  • Chamber Music
  • Music education
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