Daniel Myssyk is the director of orchestral activities and a professor of Music at VCU. Myssyk is also assistant conductor of the Richmond Symphony, and music director of the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra. He was music director of the Montreal-based Orchestre de chambre Appassionata from 2000–16. Under his leadership, three recent VCU Opera productions won top prizes at the National Opera Association competition. In recent years, he has made critically acclaimed appearances with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, among others. In 2015, Myssyk made his debut in Guanajuato, Mexico, where he has returned every season since. In 2019, return engagements have brought him back to Canada to conduct the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières and the Orchestre de la Francophonie. Myssyk’s recordings have received widespread critical acclaim. In 2012, he completed the recording of “Czech Serenades” with works by Suk and Dvořák, following a 2010 recording of Janáček’s “Idyla”. Both were nominated for an Opus Prize as best recording of the year. In the early 2000s, Myssyk was a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School and spent two summers under the tutelage of David Zinman. A student of Larry Rachleff, he received his Master’s degree in conducting from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and MM and BM in theory from the Université de Montréal.