On March 22, 2022, Wright State University announced the creation of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, the first school to be named from the recent reorganization of the liberal arts programs. A week later, the university announced that Brother Daniel Zehringer (Iota Omicron Chapter – 1991) will become the inaugural chair of this new school.

The creation of the School of Fine and Performing Arts also came from the faculty’s desire to work with one another on teaching coursework and putting on productions. The collaboration will begin in the Fall, but Dr. Zehringer explained that the majority of changes will be finalized within the coming years.

Congratulations on this honor, Brother!

About Dr. Daniel Zehringer

Dr. Daniel Zehringer previously served as head of the Trumpet studio, coordinator of the Faculty Brass Quintet, and director of the Wright State University Trumpet Ensemble. Before joining the faculty at WSU in the fall of 2006, he had served on the faculties of Wittenberg and Xavier Universities.

Zehringer earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) in Trumpet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and his Master of Music degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Bowling Green State University. While at Eastman, he served as Principal Trumpet of the world-famous Eastman Wind Ensemble and completed a critically acclaimed tour of Japan with the same group.

Comfortable on stage as well as in the classroom, Daniel served as Principal Trumpet of the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and the Middletown Symphony Orchestra.  Additionally, he has held Principal, Second, or Third Trumpet posts with the Dayton Philharmonic, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Richmond Symphony (IN), Adrian Symphony (MI), The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Greece Symphony (NY), Lima Symphony,  and the Key West Symphony Orchestra. Brother Zehringer has also performed as a section substitute with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops, Rochester Philharmonic, Dayton Philharmonic, and the Louisville Orchestra.

Dr. Zehringer is in demand as a guest clinician and solo performing artist. He has performed as a featured soloist with the Springfield and Middletown Symphony Orchestras, Dayton Philharmonic Concert band, and has presented master classes and recitals in Italy, Japan, China, Australia, Canada, and Greece.

In January 2013 and 2015, Dr. Zehringer was a featured artist as part of the “Exploring Trumpet in Greece”, Collegiate Trumpet Symposium in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece.  Zehringer, as well as the WSU Trumpet Ensemble, were featured artists and ensembles as part of the 25th Anniversary season of the Orvieto Musica Festival, Orvieto, Italy in June of 2018. He was a featured soloist at the 2012 and 2016 Ohio Music Education Association state convention with the WSU Wind Symphony, and was a featured soloist at the 2011 Ohio Chapter of the International Trumpet Guild.  In addition, he performed the world premiers at the 2015 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Columbus, Ohio, and at the 2010 International Trumpet Guild Conference, in Sydney, Australia.

Brother Zehringer has shared the stage with some of the most dynamic conductors and performing artists of our time, ranging from pops artists such as Aretha Franklin and Dennis De Young, to world-class classical artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Doc Severinsen (Eta Lambda Chapter – 1965), Itzak Perlman, John Adams, and James Levine, to name a few.

Dr. Zehringer’s debut solo recording entitled Journeymen’s Songs, the Music of Steven Winteregg, was released to critical acclaim in the Spring of 2016 on the Navona Records Label.  In addition to his solo album, Zehringer may also be heard on the 2017 release of Horizon Sunset.  Brother Zehringer is a Vincent Bach and Parma Records Recording Artist.