Music, Theatre, Dance Faculty & Staff
Assistant Chair, Associate Professor of Saxophone
1226 The Haas Center for Performing Arts
Associate Professor of Saxophone 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 having completed undergraduate work in performance and music history/theory with Timothy McAllister at the Crane School of Music at SUNY.
As soprano chair of the world-renowned Donald Sinta Quartet, Dan has been featured internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. DSQ are among the most successful ensembles on the chamber music competition circuit having received the Gold Medal of the Fischoff Chamber Competition, 1st Prize of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition (the first time awarded to a saxophone group), 1st Prize in the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, the Alice Coleman Grand Prize at the Coleman Competition and 1st Prize at the 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 concerto soloists with the Reno Philharmonic, Dupage Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony, Paris Garde Republicaine, and the Michigan Symphony Band. DSQ have performed at several festivals and series including Bravo! Vail, Chautauqua, Great Lakes, Princeton, Market Square Concerts, Music From Angel Fire, Detroit Institute of the Arts, Rockport, Lancaster, Purdue Convocations, Lake George Music Festival, as well as multiple performances at Carnegie Hall.
Upcoming performances include The Fischoff Gold Medal tour throughout the Midwest in September and October, a concerto performance and residency at Grand Valley State University, a return to the Trust Performing Arts Center in Lancaster, and recitals in Canada for the Virtuosi Concerts in Winnipeg and Cecilian Chamber Series in Regina. In addition to performing great string quartet works and saxophone standards, DSQ sponsor an annual composition competition for young emerging composers. This competition has generated the premieres of dozens of new works for saxophone quartet. Concert Artists Guild manages DSQ internationally.
As a soloist, Dan has been featured with the GVSU Symphony Orchestra, GVSU Concert Band, 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, Teddy Abrams, John Adams, and J.D. Gersen, and performed several chamber works, premieres, and large orchestral works with that 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 Michigan, University of North Carolina Greensboro, West Virginia University, and Oakland University. Dan has also held teaching positions at Oakland University, Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts, and the Expressions Music Academy. For more information about the GVSU saxophone studio please visit: www.gvsu-saxophone.com
Dan is a Selmer Paris artist and performs on Selmer Saxophones and Mouthpieces exclusively.