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Submitted by: Janet Laubhan Flickinger

Daniel Eugene Walsh

August 27, 1939 ~ March 22, 2011 (age 71)

Sean Daniel, born Daniel Eugene Walsh, died in his Norman, Oklahoma home on March 22, 2011, at the age of 71, following a difficult but courageous battle with liver cancer.  He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to Eugene and Marion Walsh, and received his education at Syracuse University, Indiana University and in Stuttgart, Germany as a Fulbright Fellow.

He performed as a soloist in Europe and throughout the United States both in Carnegie Hall and in Carnegie Recital Hall with New York’s finest orchestral and choral organizations.  His major solo appearances in the United States included the New York City premier of the baritone and bass solos in Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, the New York City premier of the leading role of Metatron in Argento’s Mask of Angels, a Prelude concert at Tanglewood, several national television broadcasts of the Bach Mass in B Minor, and appearances in the historic 98th through 102nd performances of the B Minor Mass held in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  He recorded French Mélodies from the Fin de Siècle with Dalton Baldwin for Orion Master Recordings.  Professor Daniel’s latest repertoire of fifteen major roles has been performed with organizations such as Opera Under the Stars in Rochester, New York; the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra; Opera Southwest in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and the Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, New York.

Sean had an insatiable curiosity and lifelong love of learning.  Professor Daniel was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for study in Stuttgart, Germany at the Hochschule für Musik and was the recipient of several research grants for the study of French Mélodie with Gérard Souzay, Dalton Baldwin, and Irène Aïtoff in France.  He was also chosen national winner of the prestigious Voice Award by the National Society of Arts and Letters in Chicago, Illinois.  

Gifted with a strong, vibrant, and beautiful bass/baritone voice and as an accomplished and outstanding recitalist, Sean concertized at many leading universities including the University of Colorado, Eastman School of Music, Memphis State University, the University of New Mexico, Syracuse University, Tulsa University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of North Texas, the Université Michel de Montaigne in Bordeaux, the Université de Blaise Pascal in Clermond-Ferrand, and the Conservatoire de Clermont-Ferrand.

In addition to opera, oratorio, and concert appearances, Professor Daniel was known for his Master Classes in vocal interpretation and technique.  He had given Master Classes at many universities in the United States and taught several Master Classes to voice students of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, the Conservatoire National de Region de Bordeaux, and the Université de Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand.

In his 40-plus years of teaching at the university level, he held posts at Indiana University, Syracuse University, and the University of New Mexico where Professor Daniel was Chairman of Voice, Director of Opera and Artistic Director of Opera Southwest.  At the University of Oklahoma,  where he taught for 21 years, Professor Daniel was awarded two OU Associates Distinguished Lectureship Awards, an OU Students Outstanding Instruction and Service Award, and in 1998 was the recipient of the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma Award for Superior Teaching.  

As a fine painter, Professor Daniel gave One-Man Art Show/Recitals in recent years throughout the United States featuring slides of his original oil paintings of the West combined with songs in English.  Mr. Daniel had studied painting with Michael Lynch, Mark Daily, Kim McKay, and Ray Vinella.  He had One-Man Art Show/Recitals in Oklahoma at the Philbrook Museum, in New Mexico at the College of Santa Fe, and in Montana at the Geoffrey Smith Gallery and the Depot Art Gallery.  Mr. Daniel’s oil paintings have been sold in art galleries throughout the western United States.

Sean is preceded in death by his parents Eugene and Marion Walsh of Scranton, Pennsylvania.  He is survived by his former wife, Dr. Rebecca Pigott, and their son, Daniel Walsh and his wife, Mary; his brother, Frank Walsh and his wife, Barbara, their daughter, Robin Grubb (Walsh), and their grandson, Jerry D. Welch; and, two granddaughters.  

A celebration of Sean’s life and remarkably creative career is pending.  The family is appreciative of the care provided by his doctors and nurses and staff of the INTEGRIS Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Clinic in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the School of Music, Oklahoma University (Oklahoma University School of Music, 500 Boyd, Room 138, Norman, Oklahoma, 73019-2071); the INTEGRIS Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Clinic (3300 N.W. Expressway, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73112); or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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