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Who Am I?
I am the Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music, and the horn player in the Meridian Arts Ensemble and the Wisconsin Brass Quintet. For 24 years, I was also a freelancer in New York City, and I was the Chair of Contemporary Performance at the Manhattan School of Music. I also taught for 14 years at The Hartt School and for a lot of years at Princeton University.

New Project:
I have been learning to use the software Ableton Live. This is a program that processes sound, and you can use it to turn yourself into a one-man band. I mic the horn and send that signal into the computer, where umpteen things can happen to it, including looping it and putting lots of effects on it. I also have in my setup a wah-wah pedal and an octave doubler, which plays below me either one or two octaves.
Go here for some samples of what I've been creating.

Meridian Arts Ensemble has just released two new CD recordings:
Alchemy
Renaissance music and newer pieces that sound old.
...and...
In the Zone
Music by Andrew Rindfleisch, including the title work as well as amazing arrangements of Civil War era tunes and lots more.

Click here to download an hour-long radio interview I recorded in April on the history of the brass quintet.


Read my blog here.



Quarter Tone Manual for French Horn

Price: $25
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"I wanted to thank you for your latest and most welcome addition to my library of method books.  Your volume does a great service to the art by advancing the discussion of possibilities that are not always exploited in the usual music we play on the horn."
-- Michael Atkinson, NYC freelance horn player (check out his website)



Twenty Difficult Etudes for the Horn's Middle Register


Price: $20

"This beautiful music has a wonderful bonus of working the horn's mid register!  Some recital-worthy pieces for sure.  Bravo and thank you Dan!"
-- Jeff Nelsen, Indiana University, former horn of Canadian Brass

"Thank you for writing your etudes! They are just the type of studies I had been looking for. Most middle register etudes are either too easy or just don't click with me musically."
-- Julia Rose, Associate Principal Horn, Columbus Symphony, author of Julia's Horn Page blog. Review here.

Review in The Horn Call.

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With Barry Tuckwell, who commented: "Why couldn't you write some easy ones? Twenty HORRIBLE Etudes!"


I am doing my own publishing. I have some other pieces - two solo horn pieces, some brass pieces, and a duet for horn and cello. Catalog.

I have recorded a concerto, by David Rakowski, written for me with Sequitur. Want to buy it? Find it here.

You can buy Meridian Arts Ensemble CD's here.

I used to chair the Contemporary Performance Program at Manhattan School of Music. It is an amazing program for students who want to get a Master's Degree and want a career in new music.

I used to teach horn at The Hartt School. The new horn teacher there is David Wakefield.