Oregon Symphony Musician Bio
Acting Principal Trombone
Born and raised in New England, Daniel Cloutier started playing trombone at age 13. Within three years, he was performing professionally in the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and several other regional orchestras in the Chicago Metro Area. More recently, Daniel has played with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In 1991, Daniel also performed on Broadway in a revival production of Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby.
Daniel received his B.M. from Northwestern University, where he studied with Frank Crisafulli and Arthur Linsner. He earned an M.M. from Carnegie Mellon University, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts from West Virginia University.
A Schilke featured artist, Daniel is currently principal trombone of the Grant Park Orchestra, acting principal trombone of the Oregon Symphony, and Instructor of Low Brass at George Fox University. He has performed with a number of renowned conductors, including Neeme Järvi, Edo De Waart, Karina Canellakis, Marin Alsop, Simon Rattle, Alondra de la Parra, Leonard Slatkin, Jaap van Zweden, and Marvin Hamlisch.
Daniel has recorded with baritone Thomas Hampson, voice artist Bobby McFerrin, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Plymouth Music Series, and the Grant Park Orchestra. A strong advocate of new music, Daniel has premiered three trombone solos: Sideways Glances by Kenneth A. Jacobs (2012); Dance to the Music of Time by Wesley Ward (2004), and Precipice by Stephen Taylor (1991).
A composer and arranger as well as a performer, Daniel has written two trombone quartets, a brass quintet, and a short work for brass choir, along with innumerable arrangements for various brass ensembles. In his limited spare time, Daniel enjoys reading, hiking, and birdwatching. He lives in SE Portland with his wife, trumpeter Glenda Cloutier, and their two cats.