Assistant Professor of Music
Director, Wartburg Community Symphony and Wartburg Chamber Orchestra
Office: FAC 108
Dr. Daniel Kaplunas is the director of Wartburg Community Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. He also teaches applied lessons in violin and viola, instrumental methods, and conducting.
Dr. Kaplunas received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of North Texas, where he was the concertmaster of UNT Symphony and Chamber orchestras, while also leading NOVA — the New Music Ensemble at UNT.
During his doctoral studies at the University of Georgia with Dr. Levon Ambartsumian, Kaplunas was assistant conductor of the UGA Symphony Orchestra and the University Philharmonia. As a guest conductor with the ARCO Chamber Orchestra, Dr. Kaplunas presented American premieres of several works by contemporary Russian composers M. Bronner and E. Podgaits. Those performances were recorded and released on a compact disc by the Phoenix USA record label.
Dr. Kaplunas has participated in numerous music festivals and presented concerts in the United States, Denmark, Holland, Lithuania, and Germany, where he was a soloist with the International Chamber Orchestra of Buckow. He was principal violist of the ARCO Chamber Orchestra and Gwinnett Ballet Orchestra, and he also performed with the Balkan Quartet, a group dedicated to the dissemination of Balkan music.
Prior to his appointment at Wartburg College, Dr. Kaplunas served as assistant professor at Agnes Scott College and Georgia College and State University, where he conducted the orchestra and taught applied lessons in violin and viola, chamber music, string methods, and classes in music theory and history.