Dan Moroz is a published composer, innovative performer, and one of Chicago’s top-tier private saxophone instructors. Over the last decade he has developed some of the best students in Illinois, with many making district and all-state honor bands on a yearly basis, winning concerto competitions and scholarships, gaining acceptance to major university music programs across the country, and improving dramatically as players and well-rounded musicians. In addition to maintaining a large private studio in the western suburbs, he has given clinics at over two dozen schools throughout the area. He was also the saxophone instructor for the Sherwood Music School at Columbia College for several years before recently stepping down to continue other musical pursuits.
His performance and teaching experiences have taken him beyond the Midwest to places like Canada, Australia, Malta, and England. Dan’s debut album of original music can now be purchased at performances and on iTunes. The album
showcases a unique and varied blend of compositional styles. This original approach to writing music has led to a relationship with Opus Music Publishers, who will be publishing and distributing sheet music for several of Dan’s compositions for classical saxophonists. Some other compositional highlights include: a premiere with CUBE New Music Ensemble, premiering original compositions at Northeastern Illinois University, Columbia College, University of Illinois, and Bowling Green State University, conducting 63 saxophonists in the premiere of an original work for sax choir, writing several commissions for chamber ensembles, and scoring an independent short that was screened at nine different film festivals, including the Macabro Festival in Mexico City.
Dan holds a M.M. in Saxophone Performance from DePaul University, where for two years he served as principal saxophonist for the Wind Ensemble, New Music Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra. He also holds a B.A. in Music Theory and Composition from Elmhurst College, where he was a three-time MENC Honors Recital winner and two-time Concerto Competition winner. He was also named a Sword Scholar and an ACI Humanities Fellow.