Daniel Bubeck, '97 AS

As a student, Daniel Bubeck never thought his degree in music would take him into the growing realm of contemporary performance.

“If someone told me back then that much of my career would consist of contemporary classical music, I would have thought they were crazy, as much of contemporary music is quite challenging.”

Bubeck graduated cum laude in 1997 with a B.A. in music. A counter tenor, Bubeck’s vocal range is equivalent to that of a contralto or mezzo-soprano, thus higher than most male singers' voices. His remarkable vocal abilities will be showcased this May 2012 at the premiere of American composer John Adams’ new oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary, performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Bubeck has performed on four continents in over 20 different productions with orchestras such as the Boston Symphony, BBC Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester-Berlin, and many others, and sang on the soundtrack of the Warner Brothers thriller I Am Legend starring Will Smith.

A Wilmington, Delaware native, Bubeck says studying music at UD helped prepare him for his future as a professional singer by teaching him foreign languages used in a variety of genres, and an extensive amount of vocal repertoire, which he learned from professor Dr. Jon Alan Conrad.

“It was while at UD that I became a countertenor. My teacher, Dr. Melanie DeMent, was highly supportive in my switch from being a tenor and fostered my development in aspects of repertoire,” explains Bubeck, who is currently finishing his doctorate at Indiana University. He says UD Music Department opera workshops had a direct impact on his future as a performer.

“I was given excerpts from three different operas [to perform], all of which I have since gone on to sing the entire roles with a professional company. I can thank the vocal faculty [at UD] for the insight they gave me into the types of roles I would in time be engaged to sing.”

As a participant in the rapidly-changing music industry, Bubeck recommends to the music students of today to be diverse and knowledgeable about all types of music, emphasizing contemporary.

“Building a career as a professional classical singer takes time,” Bubeck explains. “Don’t be in too much of a hurry or too sure of where you will make your mark. Be as well-rounded of a musician as possible.”

Bubeck's music can be heard on his website, www.DanBubeck.com.