Dr. Dan Graser - Assistant Professor of Saxophone

DMA - University of Michigan

MM - University of Michigan

BM - Crane School of Music at Potsdam

-Saxophone Performance

-Music Theory/History



Assistant 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 with Timothy McAllister at the Crane School of Music.


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 1st Prize in the Mprize Chamber Arts Competition, 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 concerto soloists with the Reno Philharmonic, 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 recitals throughout North Carolina as well as a joint recital with clarinetist Anthony McGill at the Mannes School of Music in NYC. 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 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. 


Currently Dan maintains a private studio in the Grand Rapids area and also serves as saxophone faculty for the Grand Rapids Symphony Mosaic Scholars Program.


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