Composer's Toolbox

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About Dan Lis

Composer Dan Lis fuses rock and contemporary concert music to create dynamic, rhythmically-driven works for the full range of performers and electroacoustic media. He is currently working on his fourth solo album, due for release in early 2018. A committed educator, his blog Composer’s Toolbox focuses on technical, technological, and aesthetic issues relevant to today’s emerging composers, and his series of studies for young guitarists is currently used in private studios and the Hartt Community Division.

His piece variations on a city will be featured at the 2017 SEAMUS National Conference. His piece Bleak Friday will be featured at the University of Nebraska at Kearney New Music Festival XVI. His piece nous for SATB choir was premiered by the Princeton Singers at the 2016 Lehigh University Choral Composers Forum. His debut album Soul Refuge was featured in the 2014 Hartford New Music Festival. Recent commissions include new works for 016 New Music Ensemble, Alturas Duo, Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble, Northern Connecticut Community String Orchestra, soprano Christi McLain, and guitarist Nick Cutroneo, among others.

A 2016 Morton Gould Young Composer Award Finalist, other recognition includes the Burton Family Scholarship in Composition, Richard Kountz Trust Scholarship in Composition, Junior Regent award, Hartt Music Theory Department Award, and Alpha Chi National Honors Society. On the faculty of Northern Connecticut Community Music School from 2012-2015, he served as director of the rock, pop, and classical fusion ensemble Sound and Silence; and taught composition, theory, and guitar.

A summa cum laude graduate of The Hartt School, he studied composition with Dr. David Macbride, Dr. Robert Carl, Ken Steen, and Dr. Tawnie Olson, and jazz guitar with Rich Goldstein; his works were selected for masterclass coachings with visiting composers William Bolcom and Jessica Meyer. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Composition degree at The Hartt School, studying with Dr. Larry Alan Smith, Ken Steen, Dr. Gilda Lyons, and Dr. Robert Carl.

He is published by DWL Publishing. For more information please visit http://www.danlismusic.com and http://www.composerstoolbox.com.

2 thoughts on “About Dan Lis

  1. Hi Dan,
    Just wondering if you’re any relation to Anthony Lis?
    How many times have you been asked that!

    I’m interested in submitting to the Toolbox but am not so
    familiar with the technical aspect that is automatic to many.

    Thanks for the good work you are doing, Frank

    1. Hi Frank,
      I don’t believe I am related to Anthony, but it is strange how many “Lis”es there are that I have been asked about! I hope the following provides more insight on the submission guidelines:

      If you have a score or program note PDF that is hosted somewhere online, the web address it “lives” at would be the way for me to download it. For many of us, we use DropBox.com or Google Drive to store our PDFs, so we can share the files with many people easily.

      If you have a recording of your piece on YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, or another online service that allows streaming of the music, that link would allow us to listen to your work in high quality without having to download many massive files.

      The website address and your headshot are optional.
      Best,
      Dan

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