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Dan Gelok

nstructional Assistant Professor of Saxophone

Dan Gelok (Saxophone) 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. His teachers include Otis Murphy and Lynn Klock. 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 the Spectrum Series at Esplanade (Singapore), the Dalian Arts School (China), and the Fundacion Universitaria Belles Artes (Medellin, Colombia), plus performances with Musiqa (a Houston-based new music collective), the Hwa Chong Institute Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Ballet, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, 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, Anthony Brandt, Joel Love, Zechariah Goh, Dan Asia, 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. 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 received top honors and awards from prestigious competitions 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.