A member of the voice faculty of the University of Louisville since 1998, and highly praised for his Italianate timbre and sensitive musicianship, Daniel Weeks maintains an active performing schedule, which includes opera, oratorio, and recitals.
As a concert artist, Mr. Weeks has sung with the Houston Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Columbus Symphony, the Chattanooga Symphony, the Bozeman Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, the Huntsville Symphony, the Oratorio Society of New York, the Winter Park Bach Festival, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Xalapa Symphony, Mexico, and the National Youth Orchestra of Caracas, Venezuela.
On the operatic stage, he has performed with the Florentine Opera, Kentucky Opera, Mercury Opera, Nevada Opera, and in 2001 toured the U.S.A. in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theater.
A passionate advocate for Art Song recitals, Mr. Weeks also teaches the Vocal Literature seminars at the University of Louisville, drawing from his considerable experience in the field of performance and research. In February 2000, Mr. Weeks gave his New York Recital Debut with the Marilyn Horne Foundation and for three years, sang recitals for the foundation across the country. In 1999, he was a National Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions and was also named Young Artist of the National Federation of Music Clubs.
Daniel Weeks and pianist, Naomi Oliphant, are a recital team, having appeared together in over 130 performances throughout the U.S.A, Canada, and Europe. In 2007, they were invited to perform and lecture at the Collaborative Conference hosted by the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations/Music Teachers National Association/The Royal Conservatory of Music held in Toronto, Canada. Recently, they have given recitals and master classes in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Ontario. The two also presented guest residencies at the State University of New York at Fredonia and Shorter University, where they gave collaborative master classes, private lessons, and recitals.
In 2009, Mr. Weeks and Naomi Oliphant released their CD entitled: Women of Firsts: A Recording of Art Songs by Lili Boulanger, Amy Beach, Grażyna Bacewicz, and Vítězslava Kaprálová, by Centaur Records. Critically acclaimed in the U.S.A and Europe, the recording showcases art songs by women who were the first in their respective countries to achieve national and international recognition for their compositions. The two have recently completed their second CD entitled: The Lieder of Franz Liszt, which is scheduled to be released with Centaur Records in 2013.
In 2009, Mr. Weeks was honored by his alma mater, Belmont University, in Nashville, TN, with their Second Annual ENCORE ALUMNI AWARD for excellence in the field of classical music.