Violinist, Daniel Santelices joined the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in 2009. He is also a core-member with the Shreveport (LA) Symphony Orchestra, the Assistant Concertmaster of the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra and is programming director and performer with Baroque Artists of Shreveport. He has also played with the Lexington (KY) Philharmonic Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and Vermont Symphony Orchestra and as a violist with the Endless Road String Quartet. During his summers he is a member of the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra.
He is currently the Violin Professor at Centenary College of Louisiana and is a long-time faculty member of the Centenary Suzuki School. He was formerly the Violin/Viola Professor at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, Northwestern State University of Louisiana in Natchitoches, Louisiana and a Master-Teacher for the University of Kentucky String Project in Lexington, Kentucky. Mr. Santelices is a past recipient of the Suzuki Association of America Grants for short-term teacher training and has been a guest clinician and conductor at Suzuki summer institutes and music camps across the country. Mr. Santelices served as President of the Ark-La-Tex Youth Symphony Orchestra Board and Director of their Chamber Music Program, which he founded in 1998. He has also been a Guest Conductor for Caddo Parish's Elementary, Middle School and High School Honor Orchestras and was named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 2003-2005.
Mr. Santelices received his musical degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and Northern Illinois University.
His interests outside of music include collecting vintage horseracing memorabilia and playing racquetball, squash and tennis.