Artistic Staff

Daniel Chetel

Dr. Chetel is the Director of Orchestral Activities at Augustana College. Before joining the Augustana faculty, he served as the director and conductor of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras in Lexington, KY, where he led a youth orchestra program including six performing ensembles and three community-based programs serving nearly 400 students from 12 counties and 60 area Schools. In addition, Dr. Chetel served as the conductor of the University of Kentucky Philharmonic and assistant conductor of the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Chetel has conducted orchestras and opera companies across the United States and has traveled to Acarigua, Venezuela, to work with a nucleo of the nationwide Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System, El Sistema. During his time at the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, Dr. Chetel developed the program North Limestone MusicWorks, an El Sistema-inspired string training program in the underserved North Limestone neighborhood of Lexington, KY.


Originally from Massachusetts, Dr. Chetel holds a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.M. from the University of Maryland School of Music, and a D.M.A. in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Kentucky School of Music.