Daniel Grabois is associate professor of horn at the Mead Witter School of Music, where he performs in the Wisconsin Brass Quintet and serves as the curator of SoundWaves, a series he created that combines science lectures with music performances. The former chair of the Department of Contemporary Performance at the Manhattan School of Music, he is also the hornist in the Meridian Arts Ensemble, a sextet of brass and percussion now in its twenty-ninth season.
With Meridian, he has performed over fifty world premieres, released twelve CDs, received two ASCAP/CMA Adventuresome Programming Awards, and toured worldwide, in addition to recording or performing with rock legends Duran Duran and Natalie Merchant and performing the music of Frank Zappa for the composer himself. Grabois recently released his first solo album, Air Names, for electronic horn, for which he wrote all the music. His compositions, including three etude books and numerous chamber works, are published by Brass Arts Unlimited.
About the Horn Studio
Every horn student at UW-Madison studies with Professor Grabois. The studio ranges in size from 10-15 students, with a mix of undergraduates, masters candidates, and doctoral candidates. Performance majors and music education majors have equal opportunities to play in ensembles. All students study solo works from all periods as well as etudes and orchestral excerpts. In the weekly masterclass, students perform for each other and learn to provide each other with constructive criticism. Occasional visitors provide an outside perspective, and Grabois also discusses all aspects of performance and teaching careers with students. Horn choir also meets weekly, performing anything from Bach motets to songs by Queen and Radiohead. Along with Mark Hetzler, professor of trombone, Grabois is co-director of $2 Broom, a student ensemble dedicated to electro-acoustic music.
Professor Grabois is also the founder and curator of the series SoundWaves, which combines science and music through innovative thematic lectures and performances.