Cantor Daniel Mutlu is a first-generation American born to Turkish Jewish parents. Raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, Cantor Mutlu attended the Yeshiva Academy Achei Tmimim where he forged a strong Jewish identity and a broad religious perspective. Cantor Mutlu went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 2001. After serving as a cantorial soloist at Temple Emanuel of Worcester, MA, Cantor Mutlu pursued a Master’s Degree in Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. Upon ordination in 2008 he served as cantor of Community Synagogue of Rye, NY until 2011. He was then honored to serve as cantor of Congregation Beth Israel of Houston, TX from 2011 to 2017. In Houston, Cantor Mutlu served on the board of the Anti-Defamation League Southwest Region, where he worked within their interfaith committee.
A passionate teacher, in 2011 Cantor Mutlu joined the faculty of the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music where he taught traditional nusach in the Cantorial Ordination Program. He currently teaches a variety of classes in the Cantorial Certification Program, ranging from technology to modern and traditional repertoire.
Cantor Mutlu has performed with many premier musical ensembles including the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Ars Lyrica, Houston Bach Society, Alarm Will Sound, and Park East Synagogue Choir. As a member of NYC’s Trinity Choir Wall Street, he earned two glowing musical reviews from the New York Times. Cantor Mutlu can be heard as tenor soloist on Naxos’ eight-disc set The Complete Haydn Masses as well as on Navona Records’ Requiem: For the Living. He was a featured soloist on Musica Omnia and Trinity Choir Wall Street’s release Handel: Israel in Egypt, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2013.
Cantor Mutlu was called to serve as senior cantor of Central Synagogue in 2017. Cantor Dan lives in the Upper West Side with his wife Nina and their three children.