Background, professional training and performance history
Saxophonist, composer and educator, Dan Meinhardt originally comes from Kenosha, Wisconsin. A recent graduate from the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin, Dan holds a BMus. in Saxophone Performance with an Emphasis in Jazz. At Lawrence, Dan studied with Fred Sturm, Steven Jordheim, Tom Washatka and Mark Urness, among others. While jazz is a primary focus, Dan has also become an accomplished classical and world musician as well as learning a diverse array of musical styles throughout his relatively short career.
During his time at Lawrence, Dan performed with Ingrid Jensen, Art Lande, Joel Frahm, Ike Sturm, Brian Lynch, Geoffrey Keezer and Bobby McFerrin, to name a few. Now in Eugene, Dan plays lead alto in the UO Jazz Ensemble and tenor in a jazz small group. Outside of the University, Dan can be heard in his trio and quintet, playing originals and new arrangements. He has been teaching jazz and classical saxophone and clarinet for six years.
Artist statement and teaching philosophy
“A musician cannot be successful without passion. I strive to help my students progress in the music they enjoy. While I keep them grounded in fundamentals and build a base of technique, my aim helps to identify specific elements of the music they enjoy and how to incorporate those elements into their own musical creation. As a teacher, I encourage my students to ask questions, and I hope to give them the tools they need to have the ability to answer those questions. I look forward to sharing my love of music with students of all ages! It’s never too early or too late to pursue a passion.”
Instruments & classes taught
Dan teaches saxophone and clarinet.