Caitlen (CJ) Daniel, Director
Email: [email protected]
(949) 492-4165 x. 2701
Mrs. Daniel is in her fourth year at San Clemente High School. She holds a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Redlands as well as a California teaching credential in music. She just finished her Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from California State University, Fullerton. She studied abroad at the Kodály Institute in Kesckemét, Hungary, a premier institute for music education studies, and is a member of the music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda, the Southern California Vocal Association and the American Choral Director’s Association. She has taught both junior and high school choir in the public school setting, most recently concluding a three year tenure at Laguna Hills High School, and has also served as the assistant director and accompanist at Pasadena First United Methodist Church and apprentice conductor for Mountainside Master Choral. Her choirs have toured cities all over the United States including Boston, Chicago, San Fransisco, and New York City and have won the highest honors at festivals. She is a beloved and knowledgable director with a high standard of excellence who always pushes her ensembles to their maximum potential. Her students have made honor choir and all state ensembles and received music scholarships from colleges across the country. In addition to teaching and directing, she is an active chorister who has sung with Inspiravi, a professional chamber choir based in Los Angeles, as well Mountainside Master Chorale based in Pomona, CA. Most recently, she has performed with the award winning University Singers from California State University, Fullerton and in summer of 2017, she toured the Baltics with CSUF and performed in various historic venues including the Rock Church in Helsinki, Finland and the prestigious Glinka Cappella in St. Petersburg Russia. Upon her return, she recorded an album with the University Singers produced by Yarlung Records that is expected to be released in November of 2017. Other performance credits include singing with Andrea Bocelli, Kathleen Battle, and John Williams.
What Mrs. Daniel loves most about her job is her ability to mentor students and help them develop into talented and knowledgeable musicians. She is very excited to be a Triton and eagerly looking forward to continuing the tradition of choral excellence at San Clemente High School!
Side Note: She just got married in December 2017 so if you see her maiden name around still (Kemble), don’t be confused! 🙂