Dan Montez, is General Director of Taconic Opera in New York (taconicopera.org). He has been an opera singer and stage director for thirty years. He has performed principal roles in or directed more than one hundred productions and has appeared in numerous houses, including San Francisco Opera, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He has also performed and conducted oratorios and recitals throughout the United States. Montez received a BMu from Brigham Young University in Vocal Pedagogy and his M.A. in Vocal Performance from San Jose State University.
While in college he simultaneously held scholarships in piano and voice. In piano, he debuted with full orchestra performing Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto in San Jose, California. After completion of his degrees, he assisted in teaching and directing the Opera workshop program at San Jose State University for four years under the direction of Irene Dalis. He has taught advanced voice and conducting at annual international liturgical music conventions. As an accomplished conductor and composer, Montez has conducted three regular 100 voice oratorio choirs in three states over a 20 year period. His first oratorio, The Condescension, was premiered in Saratoga, California in 1990 and his next, Enoch, was composed in 2011. The work was based on the Ethiopian, Slavonic, and Hebrew texts of the Book of Enoch, the prophet, seven generations from Adam and Great Grandfather of Noah. His next oratorio,Jonah, premiered in 2014, and in 2015, Daniel was premiered. Aside from his larger works, Montez has composed numerous liturgical works for worship services, many of which can be found on this website.
Montez holds a Master's minor in Portuguese and also speaks Spanish, French, Italian, and German. He is a specialist in the art song and operatic literature of the Portuguese and received a grant from the Luso-American Education Foundation to conduct research in Portugal. He presently holds the largest collection of this music in the United States and has been a guest soloist and lecturer on the subject. He has been heard throughout the country in performance and interview on National Public Radio’s Performance Today as an expert in this subject. He has performed widely as a recitalist and released his an art song CD, The Lost Song: Portuguese songs of Love and Longing.
Montez is also an author and acted as editor of Positive Life, a monthly subscription periodical dedicated to positive attitudes and goal-oriented living. Mr. Montez's publications include, Don’t Believe It: How to follow your dreams in spite of those who say you can’t, Singing for Your Supper: What They Didn’t Teach in School about an Opera Career, andhis most recent book, Singing in your Sleep: The personality you will need to have a career in opera, (all can be found on wholenotepublishing.com and amazon.com). He was published by and appeared as the cover story in the Norman Vincent Peale foundation’s international magazine, Positive Living, another periodical dedicated to self-improvement. He has written for the the Classical Singer magazine and was one of the magazine’s cover stories in the February 2006 Issue. He is a regular guest lecturer at their conventions.
He lectures regularly at universities and conventions worldwide. He and his wife homeschool their three children in New York.