Douglas McRay Daniels

Douglas McRay Daniels

Contact Info:
Department of Music
Granoff Music Center
20 Talbot Avenue
Medford, MA 02155


Office Hours:
By appointment

Lecturer of Music, Pep Band

M.M. in Orchestral Conducting, University of Nebraska (2003)
M.M. in Trombone Performance, Boston Conservatory (2000)
M.M. in Music Education, Boston Conservatory
B.A. in Trombone Performance, University of Montevallo, Alabama (1998)

Daniels is the music director for the Fall River Symphony Orchestra, Bentley University Chamber Orchestra and an adjunct lecturer at Tufts University. He has served as instructor of music for the past seven years at Gann Academy and the chair of the Arts Department form 2012-2016. Among his many accomplishments, Daniels is the founder and artistic director of the popular 3rd Sundays @ 3 Chamber Music Series. This televised chamber music series highlighted chamber groups throughout the Greater Boston Area and across the country.

In 2014, he was a finalist for the post of music director for the Arlington, Lincoln-Sudbury and Reading Symphony Orchestras. His past posts have included:

  • Assistant Conductor of the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra in Omaha, NE
  • Assistant Conductor of the Marlborough Symphony Orchestra (now known as Metrowest Symphony) in Marlborough, MA
  • Sinfonia conductor at Philips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH
  • Conductor of the Honors Orchestra at Nashoba Youth Orchestras

His Boston area guest conducting appointments have included the Melrose Symphony Orchestra, Boston Invitational Trombone Ensemble and Quincy Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 he was invited to work with the Berlin Sinfonietta in Berlin Germany and the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra in Zlin and Kromeriz, Czech Republic.

Also a composer, Daniels' Rev. E.L. Knight for solo Tuba was premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Principal Tubist, Michael Roylance, during the 2007 and 2013 Tanglewood season. In 2017, Ray was honored by the Rhode Island Music Educators Association and was invited to conduct the Junior All-State Orchestra.

Guided by a belief that music is "common ground" that bridges differences of humanity; Ray is particularly interested in engaging young (new) audiences. He makes his home in Medford, MA with his wife, Kikuyu and their daughters, Zoë and Zaila.

Previous and Present Appointments
2016-Present: Tufts University Pep Band, Medford, MA; Music Director
2014-Present: Fall River Symphony Orchestra, Fall River, MA; Music Director
2012-Present: Bentley University Chamber Orchestra, Waltham, MA; Music Director
2010-Present: Gann Academy, Waltham, MA; Instrumental Ensembles and Musical Director
2009-2014: Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra, Waltham, MA; Associate Conductor
2009-2014: 3rd Sundays @ 3, Waltham, MA; Artistic Director/Conductor
2007-2009: Nashoba Youth Orchestra, Westford, MA; Honors Orchestra, Conductor
2005-2007: Philips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH; Symphonia Chamber Orchestra, Conductor
2002-2003: University of Nebraska Omaha, Omaha, NE; Various Ensembles, Assistant Conductor
1999-2000: Marlborough Symphony Orchestra, Marlborough, MA; Assistant Conductor

Guest Conducting
2017: Junior All-State Orchestra, Rhode Island
2017: Tufts University Wind Ensemble, Medford, MA
2014: Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Republic
2014: Berlin Sinfonietta, Berlin, Germany
2014: Reading Symphony, Reading, MA
2014: Lincoln–Sudbury Civic Symphony, Lincoln, MA
2013: Greater Fall River Symphony, Fall River, MA
1999-2001, 2012, 2013: Quincy Symphony Orchestra, Quincy, MA
2011: Boston New Music Initiative (BNMI), Boston, MA
2009: Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Omaha, NE
2001: Melrose Symphony Orchestra, Melrose, MA 
2000: Boston Invitational Trombone Ensemble, Boston, MA
1998 & 2000: Boston Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Boston, MA
1997 & 1998: University of Montevallo Wind Ensemble, Montevallo, AL


  • Rev. E.L. Knight for solo tuba; premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Principal Tubist, Michael Roylance, during the 2007 and 2013 Tanglewood season.