A native of California, Daniel McDougall entered the Curtis Institute of Music as a double bass major, studying with Roger Scott. Since receiving his Bachelor of Music degree in 1993, he has built a varied career that has included performing chamber and orchestral music on double bass, serving as an organist and choir director, and playing harpsichord with the Curtis Chamber Orchestra during its 2004 tour of Japan.

He joined the Curtis staff in 1993; from 2001 to 2004, he served as director of student services and international student advisor. Dan joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2004. He is principal bass of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Pennsylvania Ballet and Bach Festival Orchestras, among others. He has participated in numerous international music festivals, including Rencontres Musicales d’Evian, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Music by the Red Sea, and Festival dei Due Mondi.

He has been with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic since 1999 and enjoys camping in the area during concert week – often returning to the quiet Lackawanna State Park campground after concerts wearing white tie and tails.