Daniel is a junior at Salisbury University, majoring in math.
His hometown is Baltimore. He has been a cellist in the
Salisbury Symphony Orchestra since his freshman year.
What instrument do you play: I play the
cello--- started at age 3. My mother was a pianist and always
wanted a cellist in the family to help her play Beethoven piano
and cello sonatas! She encouraged me to continue to play even
when I wanted to quit, and now I am very grateful to her for
Why did you choose Salisbury University? I
wanted to be close to home, but not too close! I had heard good
things about the math department and also Dr. Jeff Schoyen and
the orchestra. Do you play with any other musical groups
besides the Symphony? Not currently, but I take cello lessons
from Jeff Schoyen who has been a big inspiration to me.
What do you think of the music scene in Salisbury?
I think it could be improved. There are not enough venues for
local musicians, such as college students, to get together and
perform their music.
Who are your favorite composer and performer?
Bach is my favorite composer and Jacqueline du Pre is my
What inspires you? Both math and music are
inspirations to me. Music is more than a hobby. Life would not
be the same without it; it’s relaxing, fun, and a good way to
What are the challenges in your life? I
have a lot going on right now. I am a full time student, play
in the orchestra, tutor math, and have been working part time
for the last 4 years for Lockheed Martin in research and
What are your hobbies and other interests?
When I was in high school, I went to Russia with the Greater
Baltimore Youth Orchestra. I studied Russian for 7 years, and
spent a month there in 2006 living with a family.
I’m also interested in cryptography (the science of
information security) and cryptology (the science of creating
and breaking of secret codes), and initiated a drive to start a
new selected topics class in the math department at SU in
cryptography which will be offered next semester. Many of my
friends are engineering majors, and one summer a couple of years
ago, we built a small hover craft out of wood, plastic, a drop
cloth, and a leaf blower! You can see videos of our working
hover craft on You Tube. We also designed small robots that can
What are your career goals? I plan to go to
graduate school, possibly to be a math teacher, but I’m also
interested in the possibility of working for the NSA (National
Security Agency) in cryptography. I hope to continue to play
the cello wherever my career goals take me.