Daniel Banke is a conductor and teacher who fosters great singing at all levels of vocal development. In addition to his work with the Virginia Choristers, he currently serves as the Director of Music Ministries at Reveille UMC in Richmond, VA, where he directs the Chancel Choir, High School Choir, Middle School Choir, and Reveille Ringers, and oversees a fully graded children’s choir and handbell program. Banke’s primary professional goal is to instill a desire for excellence in all who participate in the sacred music of the church, a goal that he has maintained throughout the first decade of his career while serving churches in Alabama, Texas, and Mississippi. He has also maintained active involvement in community music organizations, including serving as the artistic director of the North Central Texas Chorale while in Texas.
Banke received the B.M.E in vocal/choral music education from Samford University in Birmingham, AL. His graduate work was done at the University of North Texas, where he received the M.M. in choral conducting, with a related field in vocal pedagogy. His primary teachers include Jerry McCoy, Richard Sparks, and Milburn Price. Banke also pursued graduate work in theological studies, earning the M.A.C.P. from Duke Divinity School. He maintains an active membership with the American Choral Directors Association, Choristers Guild, and The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts (FUMMWA).