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 and is currently Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Grand Valley State University.
As soprano chair of the world-renowned Donald Sinta Quartet Dan has been featured internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. DSQ made history in 2013 by being the unanimous 1st Prize winners of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the first time this award has been given to a saxophone quartet. Previous competition successes also include the Alice Coleman Grand Prize at the 2013 Coleman Competition and 1st Prize at the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition. DSQ have performed in Japan, France, Greece, Switzerland, the UK, throughout the US, and were the featured soloists with the Michigan Symphony Band during an historic tour through China. DSQ have also been featured as soloists with the Dallas Wind Symphony and will be featured this summer with the Paris Garde Republicaine in Strasbourg, France. DSQ have performed at several festivals and series including Chautauqua, Great Lakes, Princeton, Music From Angel Fire, Detroit Institute of the Arts, Rockport, Lancaster, Purdue Convocations, and recently made their Carnegie Hall debut in November of 2014. Upcoming performances include Market Square Concerts, Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, a Shouse Institute Fellowship at the Great Lakes Chamber Festival, a Young Professionals in Residence feature at Bravo! Vail, and a residency with the Lake George Music Festival.
In addition to performing great string quartet works and saxophone standards, DSQ sponsor an annual composition competition for young emerging composers. Concert Artists Guild manages DSQ internationally. As a soloist, Dan has been featured with the University of Michigan 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 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 this prestigious group. Dan has also performed as saxophonist with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Royal Oaks Symphony, as well as the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra. A highly sought-after pedagogue, Dan has given master class performances and clinics at numerous schools throughout the world including the Paris Conservatory, Shanghai Conservatory, Beijing Central Conservatory, China Conservatory, Versailles Conservatory, University of North Carolina Greensboro, West Virginia University, and Oakland University. Dan has also held teaching positions at Oakland University, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts, and the Expressions Music Academy. Dan received his Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan 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.
Dan is a Selmer Paris artist and performs on Selmer Saxophones and Mouthpieces exclusively.