Cellist, Prudence McDaniel, a native of Des Moines, IA, performer, dedicated educator, best- selling author, and international speaker, came to the Marian Anderson String Quartet after a diverse 20-year orchestral career performing with regional and national orchestras including Houston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and the Broadway musical CATS in New York. Ms. McDaniel’s experience as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, performing a wide variety of genres, has given her the opportunity to present several world premieres, highlighting the work of modern composers. With the quartet, she has toured and performed extensively on main stages in the U.S. including Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Symphony Hall, Ravinia, 92nd Street Y in New York, and Carnegie Hall, and in her career, shared stages with esteemed artists of the Colorado and Miro String Quartets, cellists of the Houston Symphony and LA Philharmonic, and popular music icons Diana Ross, Chet Atkins, and Ray Charles. Her performances have been recorded for broadcast on WQED-FM and in Portugal.
Ms. McDaniel holds Bachelor of Music, Artist Diploma, and Master of Music degrees in performance from Drake University, Duquesne University, and Manhattan School of Music. She has been faculty at Temple College, Texas A&M and Prairie View A&M Universities, and Blinn College in Bryan, TX. She has served on the boards of the Pittsburgh Early Music Ensemble (now Chatham Baroque), OPAS Concert Series at Texas A&M University, as Artistic Consultant to Friends of Chamber Music in Bryan/College Station, TX, and as a judge for the Coltman Chamber Music Competition in Austin, TX.
Prudence is also the founder of PM Creative Life Coaching and Consulting and, on March 3rd, will present her music business workshop for Southwestern music students as well as speak on The Myth, Truth, and Bias of Starvation Mindset in career choice for parents and teens in the Georgetown community.