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About Daniel Koehn

The middle child of three siblings, Daniel Koehn was born in LeMars, Iowa.  The son of a Free Methodist minister, he moved often during childhood, living in Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado, South Dakota, Kansas, and Illinois. 

Danielís extra-curricular activities during junior high and high school were many and varied.  He was involved in football, basketball, wrestling, and track & field, placing at state in the discus throw.  Daniel also enjoyed music in high school.  He participated in all-state choir, in a semi-professional choir of music educators, and in a barbershop chorus and quartet.   Daniel performed leading roles in plays and musicals in high school, college, and community theatre, including the King in The King and I, Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music, and Harold Hill in The Music Man.

Daniel received a B.A. in Vocal Performance from Asbury College in Wilmore, KY, and an M.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Kentucky in Lexington.  Walking through open doors, he has had the privilege of singing with Central City Opera, Opera Omaha, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the San Diego Opera, among others.  He has sung such roles as Dulcamara in Donizettiís LíElisir díAmore, Don Alfonzo in Mozartís Cosi Fan Tutti, Sparafucile in Verdiís Rigoletto, and Colline in Pucciniís La Boheme

Daniel met his wife, Renita, in the music program at the University of Kentucky.  At the end of their three years of study, Renita and Daniel were married and moved to San Diego, where Renita taught in the music department of Point Loma Nazarene Universtiy.  Daniel sang for two years in the outreach program of the San Diego opera, after which he followed the Lordís leading to attend Wesley Biblical Seminary in Jackson, MS.  There he received an M.A. in Biblical Literature. 

The Koehns currently live in Lexington, KY. Daniel is pursuing his DMA in vocal performance at the University of Kentucky, and Renita is teaching voice at Asbury University.