Adjunct Assistant Professor, Percussion
MA Cleveland State University
BA University of Utah
Danny Soulier currently serves as the Principal Timpanist for the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square (Previously known as “The Mormon Tabernacle Choir”). He originally joined the Tabernacle Choir organization in 2000 and has enjoyed playing both percussion and timpani throughout his tenure there. He has travelled with them on 9 tours which has allowed him the opportunity to perform in many of the great halls in the United States, Canada, and Europe, most notably: Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, and the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria. He received a bachelor's degree in percussion performance from the University of Utah in 2003 and a master's degree in percussion performance from Cleveland State University in 2006.
Besides weekly broadcasts of “Music & the Spoken Word”, a major event associated with performing for the Tabernacle Choir is the annual Christmas Concert that is released each year on PBS. This and other large productions has provided him opportunities to perform with world renowned artists such as Sissel, Bryn Terfel, Andrea Bocelli, Kristin Chenoweth, The King’s Singers, Fredricka von Stade, Evelyn Glennie, Audra MacDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Denyce Graves, David Foster, Angela Lansbury, Nathan Gunn, David Archuleta, Natalie Cole, Richard Stolzman, Santino Fontana, Laura Osnes, Kelli O’Hara, Rolando Villazon, Sutton Foster and Glady's Knight.
He has played with the Utah Symphony since 2002 as an extra percussionist and substitute timpanist. His other professional experiences include performances with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, New World Symphony, Wheeling Symphony, Ashland Symphony, Ohio Valley Symphony, Midland/Odessa Symphony, Ballet West, and the Utah Chamber Artists. These opportunities have provided him the privilege of performing with artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Garth Brooks, Gladys Knight, and many others. He has studied privately with George Brown, Doug Wolf, Matthew Bassett, Tom Freer, Tim Adams, and Mike Crusoe respectively of the Utah, Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Seattle Symphonies. He has performed under the baton of Thierry Fischer, Keith Lockhart, Thomas Ades, Marvin Hamlisch, Erich Kunzel, Alasdair Neale, Pavel Kogan, Craig Jessop, Mack Wilberg, Ryan Murphy and Richard Kaufman.
He directed the University of Utah drumline in 2010 and 2011 and directed the percussion ensemble in 2010. He has been a drumline instructor at several high schools in Utah and Ohio. In 2007, Mr. Soulier began as the founding director of "HYPE"- the Honors Youth Percussion Ensemble for high school students at the University of Utah. HYPE performed annually at the Utah Day of Percussion and “An Evening of Percussion” at the University of Utah.
Mr. Soulier can be heard on recordings with the Utah Symphony and on more than thirty albums produced by the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. He is endorsed as a Concert Artist for Pearl/Adams Percussion.
- Timpani - Private Lessons