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 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 is a member of the Delaware Symphony, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and Pennsylvania Ballet orchestra, among others.
He joined the Curtis staff in 1993; from 2001 to 2004, he served as director of student services and international student advisor. Mr. McDougall joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2004.