Daniel Tressel

Daniel T.

Dewitt, MI
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Daniel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 5+ and special needs

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Daniel Tressel, cellist and composer, received a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in cello performance from University of Nevada and University of Illinois, respectively. Daniel went on to receive his Doctor of Musical Arts in music composition from Michigan State University where he studied under Dr. Ricardo Lorenz.

As a cellist, Daniel has performed as a soloist with the Livingston Symphony, University of Nevada Symphony and Glenbrook Symphony Orchestra. On numerous occasions he has been invited to present recitals and masterclasses in China at Universities such as Xi’an Conservatory of Music, Shandong University, and Zhejiang Conservatory of Music. He is a founding member of Duo Piacevole and the Armonia String Quartet, and has performed as an orchestral musician with the Reno Philharmonic, Lansing Symphony, Jackson Symphony, and West Michigan Symphony, among others.

As a composer, Daniel has received commissions from the Verdehr Trio, Livingston Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Jackson Youth Symphony, and Mason Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, he was named the winner of the Merle J. Isaac Composition Competition for his orchestral work Sunday Stroll. His most recent commission, a new work for solo violin, is scheduled to be released on White Pine Records.

Daniel currently is the cello faculty at Albion College, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Community Music School, and Bay View Music Festival. He previously taught as a music theory/composition faculty at Spring Arbor University.

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Cello Faculty Artist
Jun 2016 - Present
Bay View Music Festival

Applied Cello Instructor
Sep 2015 - Present
Albion College

Cello Instructor
Sep 2010 - Present
Jackson Symphony Orchestra Community Music School


Doctor of Musical Arts - Music Composition
Sep 2007 - May 2012
Michigan State University
Master of Music - Cello Performance
Sep 2004 - May 2006
University of Nevada, Reno
Bachelor of Music - Cello Performance
Sep 2000 - May 2004
University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign

6 Reviews

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Holly May 22, 2018
Cello · In studio

Daniel Tressel is an exceptional musician and teacher who has been providing cello lessons to my son for the past five years. Under his direction, my son has reached a level of play that is far beyond what he would have attained through his school orchestra program alone. Daniel is professional yet very personable and tailors his instruction to the needs of the student. His critiques are effective and nonjudgmental, guiding the student to improve with each lesson. He is always punctual and is timely with communication. I am delighted with how much my son has progressed as a musician under Daniel's direction. I highly recommend him as an instructor.

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Melody Jan 12, 2018
Cello · In studio

Daniel is helping my ten year old to develop skills that prepare him for success in cello performance. His patient, well-spoken style is useful and encouraging. Lessons are structured, yet varied. My child’s interest is maintained throughout the 45 minute lesson.

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Elysabeth Jan 11, 2018
Cello · In studio

Daniel is a patient and thorough teacher. He provides structured lessons with enough flexibility to address any specific difficulties a student is encountering; either with the lesson material, or material from any activities the student participates in. Personally he has helped with technical bits from music I've played at church as well as music from a youth orchestra I belong to.

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Mia Jan 10, 2018
Cello · In studio

Daniel is an excellent instructor for all ages and abilities. He is encouraging and patient with his students.

Olga Jan 8, 2018
· In studio

I’ve been taking classes with Daniel for two years. He is a great teacher!

Andrea Jan 8, 2018
Cello · In studio

Daniel has a rare combination of talent, professionalism and insight coupled with a good deal of patience, and has brought me further in my study of the cello than I had expected as a late beginner. His knowledge of the instrument and expertise are flawless, and it is clear that he has a great dedication to his students' success.

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