Daniel Keeling

Daniel Keeling — a versatile performing artist, educator, and voice teacher — possesses extensive experience in interpreting and instructing various genres of vocal repertoire. From music theatre and classical to contemporary commercial music (CCM), he navigates and imparts knowledge across these diverse styles. His performances in various sung theatre and music genres have been featured on esteemed international stages, festivals, venues, arenas, and concert halls, contributing to a growing recognition for his work.

Keeling serves as a background vocalist for renowned German pop artist Sarah Connor. His extensive touring includes her recent Sommer Open Air '23 Tour, the Herz Kraft Werke (HKW) Tour from 2019, and the spring/summer HKW Tours of 2022, totaling 85 performances. These tours, particularly the arena tours, have performed for tens of thousands of audience members across Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. In 2022, Daniel actively promoted her new Christmas album, Not So Silent Night, through various media appearances in Germany and Switzerland. A live show production played at Berlin's Verti Music Hall and broadcast as a nationwide TV Christmas special. Additionally, he features in Connor's hit music video, "Ring Out The Bells.” Keeling is gearing up for the Not So Silent Night Tour in December 2023, spanning 11 major arenas and sports halls across Germany.

Participating in the Philip Glass and Leonard Cohen joint project, Book of Longing — both touring and in a commercial recording — has been a career highlight and privilege. Also, Daniel has interpreted other works by esteemed modern and contemporary classical ]igures like David Lang, David Adams, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Harry Partch, George Gershwin, and more, re]lecting his deep understanding and championing of modernistic repertoire.

Notable standard opera roles include Figaro in Mozart's Il Nozze di Figaro, Germont père in Verdi's Traviata, Oroveso in Bellini's Norma, La Voce in Mozart's Idomeneo, Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, and Crown in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Musical theatre credits include Joe in On the Town, Benjamin in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fred in Smokey Joe's Cafe, and a swing/ensemble in the 1st and 2nd national tours of the 1994 Broadway revival Show Boat.

He was featured soloist with New Zealand's Auckland Chamber Orchestra in Shostakovich's 14th Symphony, joined Germany's Bielefelder Philharmoniker in its presentation of The Motown Soul Symphony and The Michael Jackson Symphony Experience, performed in Robert Beitsch's SoulDance at Berlin's Admiralspalast, held two residencies at A-Trane Jazz Club Berlin, and was lead singer of The Deja Nova Trio in Germany, crafting 20 original songs.

Daniel Keeling has performed in Holland, Italy, Taiwan, Australia, the USA, the UK, Canada, Poland, Hungary, New Zealand, Germany, France, Spain, Greece, Austria, and Switzerland. Some venues and festivals include Il Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Sächsische Staatsoper (Dresden), Hamburgische Staatsoper (Hamburg), Komische Oper (Berlin), Deutsche Oper im Rhein (Düsseldorf), Baden Baden Festspielhaus, Theater 11 (Zurich), Festhalle Frankfurt, LANXESS Arena Köln, Waldbühne Berlin, Open Air Graz, Olympiahalle München, Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin, Barclaycard Arena Hamburg, Luminato Festival (Toronto), Hallenstadion Zürich (CH), Wiener Stadthalle Wien (OE), Noord Nederlands Orkest De Ooterpoort (NL), Wales Millennium Centre (UK), National Theater Concert Hall of Taiwan (Taipei), New Zealand International Arts Festival (Wellington NZ), Béla Bartók National Concert Hall (Budapest), Festival Internazionale di Villa Adriana (Tivoli), Spoleto USA, Scripps Performing Arts Center in Claremont (California USA), Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts (Australia), Stanford Lively Arts (California USA), Ravinia Festival (Chicago), Lincoln Center's Rose Theater (NYC), the Barbican Centre (London), and the Sydney Opera House.

Starting as a music education major specializing in special education, Daniel earned a BM from Wichita State University. He completed his MM at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he simultaneously pursued an MFA in drama—musical theatre, a distinguished but short-lived program. His voice teachers included Dr. Lavinia Chereches, Dr. George Gibson, and Barbara Reed- Honn.

Prior to UCI, Daniel had a vocal studio comprising 25 private vocal students around Germany. Also, he taught music as a subject at a few primary and secondary schools (grade, middle, and high schools) in Berlin, Germany.

Always a New Yorker at heart, Daniel considers Berlin and now Irvine his home. linktr.ee/DanielKeeling


Assistant Professor of Teaching
M.M., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM)
Music Theatre