Dan Skidmore – Violinist and Teacher
Daniel Skidmore has been performing professionally as a violinist for two decades, performing as concertmaster of both Salisbury Symphony and Winston-Salem Symphony regularly as well as teaching Elon University, Wake Forest, UNCG Greensboro and Appalachian State violin faculties.
Early Life and Education
Daniel Skidmore began playing violin at age five after watching his older brother participate in a local Suzuki method program. It marked the beginning of an extraordinary journey which would eventually lead him down his chosen career path as both professional musician and teacher.
He truly enjoyed his work and remained employed until his family needed him at home. Once retired, he enjoyed taking summer vacations with his family to visit national parks and historic sites across America.
Dan was an active member of his Temple Sinai community and regularly took part in a Torah study group. Additionally, he coached youth sports and served as an assistant at his sons’ schools; enjoyed outdoor activities and bowling; owned several businesses (Modern Poured Walls and Skidmore and Sons Seamless Gutters among them)
Dan Skidmore has been playing violin professionally for more than two decades. Among other accomplishments, he serves as concertmaster of the Salisbury Symphony and associate concertmaster of Winston-Salem Symphony as well as being an instructor at Elon University. Additionally he has taught violin at Wake Forest University, University of North Carolina Greensboro Appalachian State University Catawba College among others.
Tulane University awarded him his B.A. with distinction and Tulane Law School bestowed him with his J.D. with magna cum laude honors, where he was an active member of Tulane Law Review. His practice specializes in taxation of complex transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, private equity investing, bankruptcy proceedings, distressed asset investing, structured finance structures and real estate matters involving mergers or acquisitions; restructuring or bankruptcy filings; distressed asset investing transactions such as distressed asset investing structures for distressed assets investments structured finance structures or real estate matters such as Chrysler debtor subsidiaries; recapitalization and restructuring Westmoreland Resource Partners LP purchase/ recapitalization transactions as well as numerous other complex transactions that involve multiple complex parties involved parties; formation of litigation finance funds as well as various other complex transactions involving multiple parties involved parties involved parties involved parties involved parties involved parties involved.
Achievement and Honors
Skidmore has taught secondary and college Spanish classes for 26 years, including those that are advanced placement or dual credit courses. He has played violin with Salisbury Symphony as well as being a regular at Pops at the Post.
He was recognized with three All-Academic Team awards from the Liberty League during his career and earned membership to the Thoroughbred Society, an honor society for student athletes with team GPA of 3.67 or higher. Additionally, he led both field hockey and riding teams to an overall GPA of 3.50 this semester.
Skidmore was honored as one of 12 Outstanding Airmen for 2011. Deploying to Haiti just 26 hours after the 7.0 earthquake struck and setting up airfield operations.
Even after telling himself he needed to find “normal” employment after graduating from Northwestern, Skidmore pursued his musical dreams instead. Since 1997 he has been performing and teaching professionally as a musician.
Skidmore has held violin faculties at Wake Forest University, UNC Greensboro, Appalachian State University and Catawba College. Additionally, he serves as associate concertmaster of Salisbury Symphony as well as playing violin in Winston-Salem Symphony orchestras.
Skidmore lives with his wife Kerry in High Point, which is conveniently situated between all of the cities where he instructs and performs. Together they have one son named Jackson. Due to Skidmore’s various musical posts involving numerous cars, this couple have amassed more than 400,000 miles on one particular 1996 Toyota Camry that his parents gave them as soon as he earned his master’s.
Skidmore was known for his deep commitment to scholarship and teaching during his life, often engaging students through historical retelling. Known for his reverence of history as an academic discipline and extraordinary memory skills as a historian. Skidmore won many awards for his research including a Fulbright grant that enabled him and his family to live in Helsinki, Finland for one year while conducting studies about Tsarist Russian censorship.
Skidmore also made time to volunteer at local community centers, taking his children on summer vacation trips to national parks and historic sites. A longtime member of Temple Sinai in Saratoga Springs and beloved member of its Torah study group.
He was also an enthusiastic patron of the arts, serving on violin faculties at Appalachian State University, Catawba College and University of North Carolina Greensboro – as well as teaching violin at Salisbury Symphony and Winston-Salem Symphony orchestras.