Daniel Sommer enjoys working with musicians of all levels in a variety of settings.
Below are some of the services offered. This list is not exhaustive, as he is always looking for new meaningful projects and thoughtful collaborators.
Dan is one terrific diction teacher and coach. I have enjoyed our many collaborations together, and I always learn something from him. Dan, of course, possesses all the requisite skills—knowledge of language, pronunciation, IPA—but what I most appreciate is his lyric approach to any vocal text. With Dan, it is not a question of rote learning. The text is always approached with an eye (and ear) toward making the material flow. Dan has a way of relating to all singers, whether they be amateurs, professionals, or students. His own work as a singer enables him to approach diction from a vocal point of view—with excellent results.
Music Director, Berkshire Choral International | Director of Vocal Studies, Mannes College The New School for Music
Among all the languages, German intimidates me the most. The importance of consonants and how it colors the text is something I am still working on. I was fortunate enough to work with Daniel- He is filled with patience and kindness. I feel very comfortable when I sing for him. His knowledge for singing makes him an outstanding, singer-friendly coach. He knows how to project his ideas from the singer’s point of view. And I enjoy making artistic interpretations with him.
SopranoNew York, NY
I consider Daniel Sommer to be the diction guru of his generation. His work with my choruses at the Manhattan School of Music and the Oratorio Society of New York has been exemplary. Not only is his knowledge encyclopedic on the spot, Daniel also has a marvelous ability to create supporting materials that bolster my singers’ learning curve!
Director of Cathedral Music, Cathedral Church of St John the Divine | Director of Choral Activities, Manhattan School of Music | Music Director, Oratorio Society of New York
After having the pleasure of working with Dan Sommer through the Clarion Music Society, and coming to know firsthand the extraordinary quality of his German coaching, I have come to rely on Dan for all personal German coachings when I am preparing to sing German repertoire. He has a deep, masterful knowledge of the language, which, combined with his experience as a singer, affable manner, and thoughtful articulation of ideas and instructions, makes Dan truly the ideal German coach. It is surely thanks to Dan’s incisive insights and guidance that the New York Times’ review of my recent performance as the soprano soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at Alice Tully Hall included the following: ‘soprano Nacole Palmer, always alert to the text.’ Thanks, Dan! I couldn’t have done it without you!
- Coachings, Classes & Masterclasses available on repertoire in the following languages:
- Latin (Ecclesiastical, Germanic, Italianate)
- Private Diction Lessons*
- Volunteer/Amateur Singers
- Students/Emerging Professionals Singers
- Professional Singers
- Group Lessons*
- Available for 2 – 8 Participants
- Single or MultipleSessions
- Customized Lessons
*Available in-person (when possible) or remotely via Skype or Google Hangouts.
- Diction Workshops Available for Choruses:
- Singing Words Together: An Introduction to Lyric Diction for Ensembles
- Practical Uses of IPA in Choral Settings
- Singing Choral Texts in
- Latin (Ecclesiastical, Germanic, or Italianate)
- Approaching Text in Carmina Burana
- Diction Coaching for Ensembles & Choruses
- Custom Learning Material Creation
- Classroom Material
- IPA transcriptions
- Digital Content
- Instructional videos
- Record and/or process text recitation
- Mobile Learning Solutions
- iOS & Android Apps
- Classroom Material