CURRENT STUDENT PROFILE
Daniel Minnick is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music in the studio of David Higgs, having previously studied with Nathan Laube. A native of north Queensland, Australia, Daniel holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance. Upon completion of his master’s degree in organ at Eastman in May of 2019, Daniel was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, a national music honors society recognizing outstanding achievement in both musical performance and academics. Daniel has participated in numerous competitions at the national and international level. In 2020 he was named as one of three finalists in both the Arthur Poister Scholarship Competition and the First Presbyterian Church National Organ Competition (Fort Wayne, IN). Daniel was awarded 1st prize at the 2022 Sursa American Organ Competition, and at the 2022 Seattle Convention of the AGO, Daniel took 3rd prize and audience prize in the National Young Artist’s Competition in Organ Performance. In September of 2023, Daniel will participate in the 9th Musashino-Tokyo International Organ Competition and the 2nd International Organ Competition of Korea. His most recent concert appearances have included Vanderbilt Presbyterian (of Naples, FL), Furman University, the New York State Fairgrounds (Syracuse, NY), and the Lockport Theater Organ Society (Lockport, NY). In addition to his classical organ studies, Daniel also enjoys the study of theater organ, composition, improvisation, and working as a piano technician. He has completed the required examinations of the Piano Technician’s Guild to attain the status of Registered Piano Technician (RPT) within the PTG.