Daniel Ketter, born and raised in Kansas City, specializes in the performance of contemporary and
classical chamber music.
Daniel is Co-Director and cellist of American Wild Ensemble (www.musicintheamericanwild.com),
which celebrates the people and places that define American communities with new music. Since 2016,
AWE has collaborated with ten different national parks and historic sites and commissioned and
premiered over 35 new chamber music works for grant-funded projects with support from National
Endowment for the Arts, Washington’s National Park Fund, Chamber Music America, Mid-America Arts
Alliance, The Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Missouri
State University, Missouri Humanities Council, Missouri Arts Council, and New Music USA. Recently in
2021, American Wild Ensemble commissioned six new works celebrating the Bicentennial of the State of
Missouri, presented in a statewide tour and documented in a series of recordings available on American
Wild Ensemble’s YouTube page.
Daniel began his tenure as cellist of The Opus 76 String Quartet (www.opus76.org) in 2020. Recognized
as “Kansas City’s String Quartet,” Opus 76 are currently Artists-in-Residence at the Midwest Trust
Center at Johnson County Community College, where they present a full season of live and digital
performances. In 2021, the Quartet made their debut with orchestra appearing as guest artists with the
Kansas City Ballet, delivering critically acclaimed performances of works by Philip Glass in the Ballet’s
season opening performance of Wunderland at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and
returned in 2023 to perform Alexander Ekman’s Cacti.
As an ardent supporter of contemporary music, in 2021, Daniel founded the annual Cello Teaching
Repertoire Consortium (www.celloteachingrep.com), with the mission to supplement traditional cello
student repertoire with the commission of new pedagogical concert works and etudes representing diverse
musical styles and cultural backgrounds. This project has commissioned five new works for cello students
supported by cello teachers across the country, and featured in workshops and performed by students at
the Eastman Cello Institute, and presented at American String Teachers Association’s 2022 national
conference in Atlanta, GA.
Daniel was appointed in 2018 as Assistant Professor of Music at Missouri State University, where he
teaches courses in cello, chamber music, and music theory. As a teacher, he continues to present annual
summer classes as faculty for the Eastman Cello Institute and works with Opus 76 as Quartet-in-
Residence faculty for Youth Symphony of Kansas City. In Springfield, Daniel coaches chamber music for
the annual Missouri State University String Fling for high school and college students in the region.
In 2020, Daniel completed a Ph.D. in Music Theory at Eastman School of Music, and he currently serves
as Co-Chair for Society for Music Theory’s Performance and Analysis Interest Group. His research
interests include essential voices in Schenkerian theory and performance and analysis.
In 2017 Daniel completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Eastman School of Music. Daniel has a
MM in cello performance and pedagogy from Peabody Conservatory and graduated with high distinction
from both Eastman School of Music (BM ’10, cello performance) and from University of Rochester (BA
’10, mathematics).
Daniel plays a cello made by H. C. Silvestre c. 1870 in Lyon, France.