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NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Presenter — Dan Graser

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Name: Dan Graser
Website: http://www.donaldsintaquartet.com
Presentation Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 2:40 PM
Presentation Venue: Katzin Concert Hall
Presentation Title: Sinta Quartet plays Beethoven
Type of Presentation: Professional Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 18
Bio: Saxophonist Daniel Graser is one of the most innovative and influential performers and pedagogues of his generation. Currently Associate Professor of Saxophone at Grand Valley State University (gvsu-saxophone.com), Dan was a recipient of the Doctorate of Musical Arts and Masters in Music from the University of Michigan where he served as Teaching Assistant to legendary pedagogue Donald Sinta. Dan previously earned Bachelors degrees summa cum laude in music theory/history and saxophone performance as well as the Honors in Performance while a student of Dr. Timothy McAllister at the Crane School of Music. As soprano saxophonist with the Donald Sinta Quartet, Dan has garnered 1st prizes at Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff, Coleman, M-Prize, and NASA competitions and regular performs highly active seasons throughout the world as chamber musician and soloist. 
Ensemble Bio: The Donald SInta Quartet (DSQ) are at the forefront of contemporary chamber music. Performing centuries of music on dozens of chamber music series each year, entirely from memory, they are among the most fervent advocates of the classical saxophone. Performances include recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Paris Conservatory, residencies at the University of Michigan, and concerto appearances with the Dallas Winds, Paris Garde Republicaine, Eastman Wind Ensemble, and Michigan Symphony Band. Currently managed by Concert Artists Guild, DSQ have taken five first prizes in the Fischoff, Coleman, Concert Artists Guild, M-Prize, and NASA competitions. Their debut recording, "Collider," was released in 2019 on CAG records following their previous premiere recording of William Bolcom's Concerto Grosso for Sax Quartet and Band with the UM Symphony Band. DSQ administer the National Saxophone Quartet Composition Competition annually. DSQ are Selmer Paris Artists and perform on Selmer saxophones exclusively.

Other Performers / Participants


 

Zach Stern

Alto Saxophone

Bio: Zach Stern has performed all over the world as a soloist and chamber musician in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Hall, and Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts. As a member of the Donald Sinta Quartet, which has won top prizes at the Fischoff, M-Prize, Coleman, and Concert Artists Guild Competitions, Zach performs throughout the US and internationally on chamber music series and at summer festivals. As an educator, he serves on faculty at Southeast Missouri State University and presents saxophone master classes and clinics around the country. Zach’s degrees are from the Eastman School of Music, where he received his doctorate in saxophone performance, and the University of Michigan. His primary teachers have been Chien-Kwan Lin, Donald Sinta, and Scott Plugge.


Joseph Girard

Tenor Saxophone

Bio: Dr. Joe Girard is currently Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. He has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States, most notably with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra on Glazunov’s Concerto and Ibert’s Concertino da Camera during the 2018-2019 season. As tenor saxophonist of the Donald Sinta Quartet, he has received numerous awards, most notably gold medal at the 2018 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, first prize at the 2017 M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, and first prize at the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Competition. He received his Doctorate from Michigan State University, completed his Master and Bachelor of Music at the University of Michigan, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He is a Selmer Performing Artist and performs exclusively on Selmer Paris Saxophones.

Danny Hawthorne-Foss

Baritone Saxophone

Bio: Danny Hawthorne-Foss received his Bachelor of Music and Master's degree in saxophone performance from the University of Michigan where he studied with Donald Sinta. He regularly performs nationally and internationally as the baritone saxophonist with the award-winning Donald Sinta Quartet, and can be heard on the quartet's debut album, "Collider." The quartet was featured as concerto soloists for the University of Michigan Symphony Band's 2011 tour of China and Los Angeles. Other notable performances include a recital at Weill Recital Hall, a residency at the  Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and at Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. Danny teaches a private saxophone studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and teaches masterclasses and clinics in Southeast Michigan. His students have been accepted, and awarded scholarships to various top tier music schools. He is a Selmer Performing Artist and performs on Selmer Paris Saxophones and mouthpieces.

Dan Graser

Soprano Saxophone

Bio: Saxophonist Daniel Graser is one of the most innovative and influential performers and pedagogues of his generation. Currently Associate Professor of Saxophone at Grand Valley State University (gvsu-saxophone.com), Dan was a recipient of the Doctorate of Musical Arts and Masters in Music from the University of Michigan where he served as Teaching Assistant to legendary pedagogue Donald Sinta. Dan previously earned Bachelors degrees summa cum laude in music theory/history and saxophone performance as well as the Honors in Performance while a student of Dr. Timothy McAllister at the Crane School of Music. As soprano saxophonist with the Donald Sinta Quartet, Dan has garnered 1st prizes at Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff, Coleman, M-Prize, and NASA competitions and regular performs highly active seasons throughout the world as chamber musician and soloist. 

Pieces to Be Performed


 
Title Composer Duration
Heiliger Dankegesang from String Quartet Op. 132 Ludwig van Beethoven 13
Allegro Molto from String Quartet Op. 59 No. 3 Ludwig van Beethoven 5