Instructional Assistant Professor of Saxophone
office: MSM 176
office phone: (713)743-3322
address: 120 School of Music Bldg, Houston, TX 77204-4017
Saxophonist and educator Dan Gelok is internationally recognized and sought-after as an outstanding young performer and teacher of classical saxophone music. He received his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Indiana University and his Masters in Saxophone Performance from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He currently holds the title of Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Houston. His teachers include Otis Murphy, Lynn Klock, and David Baker.
He has been featured in solo and chamber music performances at the New England Saxophone Symposium, the North American Saxophone Alliance regional and national conferences, the Northeastern Texas Saxophone Symposium, and Cape Cod's Falmouth Academy. Significant recent performances include Singapore's Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts' Commuter Concert Series, the Spectrum Series at Esplanade (Singapore), the Dalian Arts School (China), plus performances with the Hwa Chong Institute Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Ballet, and the Singapore Saxophone Symposium.
As a performer of new music he has worked closely with composers such as Zach Browning, Bill Ryan, Rob Smith, Kawai Shiu, Zechariah Goh, and Christian Lauba, with whom he organized an international workshop in the spring of 2012. He has recordings of new music on the Ablaze and Resolute Music record labels, and frequently performs with Musiqa, a Houston-based new music collective.
As an educator, Mr. Gelok also maintains a private studio of students ranging in experience from beginner to the collegiate level. Internationally sought-after as a teacher, he has received masterclass and lecture invitations from the Northeast Texas Saxophone Symposium, The New England Saxophone Symposium, the Singapore Saxophone Symposium, the Artists Academy (Singapore) Summer Workshop Series, the Belles Artes Music Festival (Medellin, Colombia), and various universities throughout the United States. His students have advanced and received awards from prestigious contests such as the Young Texas Artist Competition, the NASA soloist competition, the J.C. Arriaga competition, the Coleman Competition, the Plowman Competition, and the Fischoff competition, to which he sent an unprecedented two ensembles in the spring of 2014. In addition, he founded and continues to serve as Director of the Houston Underground Competition, the country’s largest independent chamber music contest for high school saxophonists.
Mr. Gelok is a Yamaha Performing Artist and an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Symphonia.