Dan Moroz is an innovative performer and published composer that has also established himself as one of Chicago’s top-tier private saxophone instructors, with students 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 Chicago area, and served as saxophone instructor for Sherwood Conservatory at Columbia College for several years before stepping down to pursue other musical opportunities. He has also given masterclasses at universities throughout the Chicago area and across the country, including schools like Vanderbilt University and Indiana State University.
His performance and teaching experiences have taken him beyond the Midwest to places like Canada, Australia, Malta, and England. Dan’s original music can be found on all major streaming services, including Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon. His original composition for saxophone quartet, Greener Pastures, is published by Opus Music Publishers and is actively performed at universities across the country.
Some other compositional highlights include: a premiere with CUBE New Music Ensemble, premiering new compositions at Arizona State University, Northeastern Illinois University, Columbia College, University of Illinois, and Bowling Green State University, conducting 63 saxophonists in a premiere of an original work for sax choir, writing several commissions for chamber ensembles, and the scoring of 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.