Music & Dance

Dan Graser

Saxophonist Dan Graser is emerging as one of the most active performers and pedagogues of his generation. A recipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan, Dan served as Teaching Assistant to legendary saxophone pedagogue, Donald Sinta. Dan received his Masters degree from UM as well and completed his undergraduate studies in both performance and music history/theory at the Crane School of Music as a student of saxophone virtuoso Timothy McAllister.

In great demand as a soloist, Dan has been featured with the UM Symphony Band, Oakland Wind Symphony, Crane Wind Ensemble, South Oakland Concert Band and has recently been featured in recital at the Kennedy Center as part of the Millenium Stage series. As a chamber musician, Dan is currently soprano chair of the renowned Donald Sinta Quartet. DSQ have recently been honored with the Alice Coleman Grand Prize at the Coleman Chamber Competition and the 1st Prize at the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition. With DSQ, Dan toured China and Los Angeles as soloist with the UM Symphony Band, premiering William Bolcom’s Concerto Grosso for Sax Quartet and Band. DSQ have recently performed in recital at the Paris Conservatory, Versailles Conservatory, Selmer Paris Showroom, ISME Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece and in Scotland for the 2012 World Saxophone Congress.

As an orchestral performer, Dan has performed on numerous occasions with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin. For three years, Dan was the saxophonist with the New World Symphony in Miami under Michael Tilson Thomas and performed several chamber works, premieres, and large orchestral works with that prestigious group. Dan has also performed as saxophonist with the Ann Arbor Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Royal Oak Symphony, as well as the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra.

A highly sought-after pedagogue, Dan has given masterclass performances and clinics at numerous schools throughout the world including the Paris Conservatory, Shanghai Conservatory, Beijing Central Conservatory, China Conservatory, University of North Carolina Greensboro, West Virginia University, and Oakland University. Dan was recently added to the faculty of Grand Valley State University and has previously held teaching positions at Oakland University, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts, and the Expressions Music Academy.

Dan is a Selmer Paris artist and performs on Selmer Saxophones and Mouthpieces exclusively.

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