Conductor Biographies

Daniel Stevens, ConductorDaniel Stevens, conductor and violist, is associate professor of music/director of instrumental activities, and the Mazie Barnett Kilmer Chair for String Education. He is a graduate of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Oklahoma State University, and the University of North Texas. He is the artistic director of the South Kansas Symphony, coach of the Williams String Quartet, and teacher of applied violin and viola. Daniel has been guest clinician for Kansas and Oklahoma All-District Orchestras and annually visits universities around the nation. Most recently, he has worked with students at Northern Arizona University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Tulsa. He has judged Kansas large group and solo and small ensemble contests. Daniel is a violist with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and has performed a viola duo recital at Carnegie Hall.


Travis Hale, Director of Instrumental MusicTravis Hale is director of instrumental music at Wichita South High School. He oversees band and orchestra programs that include chamber orchestra, string orchestra, marching band, jazz band, concert band, and wind ensemble. In addition, Travis has developed an alternative music curriculum for commercial music. Travis earned degrees from Emporia State University and from Wichita State University. He is an avid saxophone player ad performs in jazz ensembles and bands. He has served as a clinician and judge for honor groups and festivals in Kansas, and is currently the orchestra chair for the South Central District of Kansas Music Educators Association.




Ismail Farid, SCYS AssistantIsmail “Ish” Farid, SCYS Assistant, is originally from Singapore. Ish and his family moved to the USA in 2000 and settled in Winfield in 2002. A professional musician since age 23, Ish started playing the piano at the age of six and was trained under the London Royal School of Music program. After active duty in the Singapore Armed Forces, Ish performed as a restaurant pianist, then moved on to perform with jazz combos and show bands. He was formally trained by members of the BBC as a television presenter with the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation. He is currently the Asst. Director of Orchestras for USD 465 (Winfield), and teaches jazz and pop piano privately.


South Kansas Symphony Advisory Board:

  • Vicky Rockhill, president
  • Thane Rockhill
  • Dari Trout
  • Dianna Thompson
  • Rae Lynne Baker
  • John Baker
  • Daniel Stevens, conductor
  • Linda Newby

Symphony on the Prairie Board:

  • Julie Headrick, director
  • Mary Jarvis
  • Phil Jarvis
  • Marv Estes
  • Wendy Estes
  • Vicky Rockhill
  • Thane Rockhill
  • Ken Norland
  • Madeline Norland
  • Daniel Stevens, conductor

Office Staff:

  • Travis Hale — Youth Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor
  • Ismail Farid — Youth Symphony Executive Assistant
  • Rose Hanna — SC Faculty Administrative Assistant
  • Linda Newby — South Kansas Symphony Personnel Manager
  • Lael Porter — Stage Manager
  • Erin Buster — South Kansas Symphony Student Librarian
  • Nathan Johnson — South Kansas Symphony and Concert Orchestra Student Stage Manager
  • Tiffany Rea — Youth Symphony Student Librarian
  • Amber Hart — Youth Symphony Student Stage Manager

Contact Information:

Snail Mail: SKS, Rose Hanna, 100 College St., Winfield, KS 67156

Phone: 800-843-1546 extension 6272

Email: Daniel Stevens—-Daniel.Stevens@sckans.edu