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Lakeland College has added two full-time faculty to its ranks for the 2014-15 academic year. Daniel David Black has been named instructor of music and director of choral activities. Jered McGivern has been named assistant professor of biochemistry.

Black brings to Lakeland’s music department a rich background in teaching and conducting. He comes to Lakeland from the University of Arizona where he is finishing a doctor of musical arts in choral conducting. While there, he led four academic choirs.

He received his master of music in choral conducting at Houghton College in New York, where he also conducted three of the college’s choirs and later served as faculty conductor of the men’s choir.

He served as assistant conductor for the Vocális Chamber Choir (Buffalo, N.Y.), assistant director/manager for the Tucson Chamber Artists and assistant conductor/manager for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

Black has conducted a number of master classes at local, state, regional, and national levels, and in March 2013 was a graduate division finalist in the National Conference Conducting Competition hosted by the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).

His scholarly interests include the exploration of Franz Liszt’s choral music, the use of sports training mobile apps in the teaching of conducting and the application of Music Learning Theory (MLT) to collegiate choral ensembles.

Black has a bachelor’s degree in choral music studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

McGivern brings to Lakeland a broad research experience in biochemistry, developmental biology, neurodegenerative disease, cell biology, molecular biology, proteomics, histology and infectious disease.

Since 2011, he has served as an adjunct faculty member teaching organic chemistry and biochemistry lab courses in the chemistry department at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis.

He has a diverse research background that includes opportunities at the Marshfield Clinic, Novartis, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Medical College of Wisconsin and additional collaborations with a variety of institutions.

McGivern has a doctorate in biomolecular chemistry from UW-Madison and a bachelor’s in chemistry from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.

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