Daniel Manley Conductor

orchestra and wind ensemble

Orchestra conductor based out of Haliburton, ON, CA.

music director - Highlands Chamber Orchestra

co-director - Highlands Wind Symphony


Bio and 


Dan studied music at the University of Ottawa on tuba with Nicholas Atkinson.  Departing early for a day job in computer program, he continued playing tuba in community ensembles.  His first foray into conducting was with The Brass Conspiracy, a symphonic brass ensemble he founded in Toronto. 

After moving to Haliburton, in cottage county North East of Toronto, he became a co-director of the Highlands Wind Symphony (HWS), concentrating on symphonic works transcribed for wind ensemble.

In Spring of 2012, an experiment was undertaken to see if there would be interest in forming an orchestra in Haliburton county.  The group performed two numbers as guests of the HWS under the baton of Glen Carter.  That summer, a board was formed for the new Highlands Chamber Orchestra and Dan was appointed Music Director.  They are now in their 5th season performing overtures, suites, symphonies, concerti, vocal solos and movie music. 



Style and goals

Dan is vigilant with timing and tuning, cognizant of the fact that so many other aspects of an exciting and energetic performance stem from these two points.

The creation and maintenance of balance both within & between sections is important to Dan. Soaring strings, spritely woodwinds, bold brass and driving percussion: each have their moments in context, but one needs to be mindful not to bury important countermelodies and inner harmonies that tell important stories.

Dan knows it's important to work closely with stakeholders to create relevant and exciting programming for an orchestra and for an audience. He solicits input from board members and section leads to strike the desired balance between traditional orchestral repertoire and movie music, musicals and pops.

Vocal and instrumental soloists are important to performances as well. They showcase talent from within the orchestra, and in the broader community. All of these elements develop community pride in the orchestra and help grow the audience.

While serious about quality of performances, Dan fosters a casual and fun atmosphere and encourage open communication between me and the musicians. Community orchestras are about education, mentorship, long-term growth, and camaraderie - but especially about passionate music-making!

Notable RepertoirE

Bach/StokowskiFugue in d minor (Little)
BarryJames Bond, You Only Live Twice
BeethovenSymphony no.5 (first mvt)
BeethovenSymphony no.6 (first mvt)
BerliozMarch Troyenne (from Les Troyens)
BrahmsAcademic Festival Overture
ChaminadeFlute Concertino
ChopinLarghetto (from Piano Concerto no.2)
CoplandRodeo: Buckaroom Holiday, Hoedown
De FallaThree Cornered Hat: Final Dance (Jota)
DelibesFlower Duet (from Lakmé)
DjawadiGame of Thrones
DukasSorcerer's Apprentice
DvorakAmerican Suite (first mvt)
ElfmanBatman Suite
ElgarCello Concerto (first mvt)
GershwinRhapsody in Blue
GiacchinoMusic from The Incredibles
GounodFaust Ballet Music
HalesTheme from the Beachcombers
HaydnMenuet (from Symphony no.47)
HumperdinckHansel and Gretel: Prelude
JarreLara's Theme (from Doctor Zhivago)
KorngoldThe Sea Hawk
LullyBourgeois Gentilhomme Ouverture
MacDowell'In October' from Suite no.1
MendelssohnViolin Concerto in E Minor
MeyerbeerCoronation March (from Le Prophète)
MorriconeOnce upon a time in America
MorriconeThe) Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
MorriconeThe Mission
MorriconeYour Love (Once Upon a Time in the West)
Mozart, WARequiem (Benedictus)
Mozart, WASymphony no.39 (first mvt)
MussorgskyNight on Bald Mountain
Mussorgsky/RavelPictures from an Exhibition (Baba Yaga, Great Gate of Kiev)
NicolaiOverture to Merry Wives of Windsor
OffenbachIntermezzo and barcarolle from Les contes d'Hoffman
OffenbachOverture to Orpheus in the Underworld
RidoutFall Fair
Rimsky-KorsakovMlada: Procession of the Nobles
Rogers/BennettSound of Music, Selections for Orchestra
RossiniWilliam Tell Overture
RotaMain Theme from the Godfather
RozsaBen Hur, Parade of the Charioteers
Saint-SaensDanse Macabre
Saint-SaensHavanaise for violin and orchestra
SchubertSymphony no.9 (second mvt)
SchwartzFor Good (from Wicked)
SibeliusMarch (from Karelia)
SilvestriForrest Gump Suite
StreisandEvergreen (A Star is Born)
SullivanOverture to Pirates of Penzance
TchaikovskyNutcracker: Waltz of the Flowers
TchaikovskyPiano Concerto, no.1 (first mvt)
TchaikovskySwan Lake Suite
TchaikovskySymphony no.5 (second mvt)
UngarAshokan Farewell
Various/CusterStar Trek Through The Years
VivaldiConcerto for two horns rv.539 (first mvt)
WeberConcerto for Clarinet, no.1 (second mvt)
Williams/BrubakerHarry Potter Symphonic Suite
WilliamsDartmoor, 1912
WilliamsHighlights from Jurassic Park
ZimmerMusic from Gladiator

Ensemble Experience

2006 – 2007 :: Brass Conspiracy – 15-piece brass choir; founder; administrator; director; tuba
2010 :: Highlands Brass Academy – brass musician workshop; founder; co-conductor
2007 – present :: Highlands Wind Symphony – community wind ensemble; co-conductor; tuba
June 2017 :: Counterpoint Community Orchestra – Nuit Rose performance; conductor
2017 – 2018 :: Orchestra Toronto – community orchestra; wind sectionals conductor
2012 – present :: Highlands Chamber Orchestra – community orchestra; music director


1994 – 1996 :: University of Ottawa :: Bachelor of Arts, concentration in Music
Jan-Feb 2015 :: Orchestra Toronto :: Apprentice conductor under Maestro Kevin Mallon
Fall 2015 :: private viola lessons with instructor and instrument builder, Bethany Houghton
Aug 2016 :: Steve's Music :: Conducting masterclass with Dr. Wendy McCallum (Brandon University)
Sep-Oct 2016 :: Orchestra Toronto :: Apprentice conductor under Maestro Kevin Mallon
Sep-Oct 2017 :: Orchestra Toronto :: Apprentice conductor under Maestro Kevin Mallon