Member of the Spokane Symphony since 2005, Daniel holds dual roles as the orchestra’s General Manager and 2nd Clarinetist. With a Bachelor of Music Degree from Harid Conservatory and a Master of Music Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Daniel has been invited to perform as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Harid Philharmonia, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Philharmonic of Veracruz, and the Jalisco Philharmonic, among others.
After his solo appearance with the National Symphony Orchestra, The Washington Post praised his, "velvety tone and elegant phrasing." Also as a soloist, he has participated in concert broadcasts on various radio stations in New York, Cleveland, Washington D.C., and here in Spokane on KPBX. He has been invited to play with the Cleveland Orchestra and New World Symphony clarinet sections and has performed as Principal Clarinet of the Spokane Opera, the Veracruz Philharmonic, the Florida Sunshine Pops, the Miami Ballet, the Gold Coast Opera, the Florida Symphonic Pops Orchestra, the Sarasota Music Festival Orchestra, and the Santo Domingo Festival Orchestra.
From 2001-2005, Daniel held the position of Professor of Clarinet at the Superior Institute of Music of the State of Veracruz, Mexico. From 2005 through 2008 he served as the Music Director and Conductor for the Spokane Community Orchestra/Spokane Falls Community College Orchestra. Daniel has taught a large number of clarinet students in Spokane. In early 2015, his students took 1st and 3rd place in the Washington State Solo Competition. In addition to his private studio, Daniel has held the position of Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at Eastern Washington University and with Spokane Falls Community College.
Daniel and his wife, Bethany Schoeff-Cotter, are the owners of the popular oboe cane website, Northwest Oboe Cane. The business sells precisely prepared cane for making reeds to oboists around the world. Together they have twin boys, Ethan and Logan (AKA ‘Team Destructo’), born in 2012, who keep them incredibly busy.