Intermediate Division Faculty
Summer Music Academy faculty consist of current Ithaca College faculty, top music educators from across the country, and renowned guest artists.
|Dan Shaut, Saxophone|
|Adjunct Professor of Music, College of St. Rose; Band Director, Kingston City School District; MM, University of Maryland; BM, Ithaca College|
Saxophonist Dan Shaut, 31, is a Kingston, N.Y., native with 13 years of professional experience, who finds his every waking moment filled with one role or another — as performer, educator, husband and father. He received his master’s degree in saxophone performance at the University of Maryland in 2003 and his bachelor’s in music education at Ithaca College in 2001. He has studied with Steve Mauk, Steve Brown, Chris Vadala and Dale Underwood.
For the past eight years, Shaut has taught instrumental music in the Kingston (N.Y.) City School District, where he has directed elementary and middle school bands as well as the high school jazz band. In fall 2010, he added director’s duties to his résumé when he assumed the leadership role for the award-winning Kingston High School Jazz Ensemble. For the past seven years, he has also served as adjunct professor of music at the College of St. Rose in Albany and, for the past three years, in the same capacity at Ulster Community College. He has taught music majors and minors at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
In the past 5 years, many of Shaut’s private students have been selected for NYSSMA All-State High School Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensemble; NYSBDA All-State High School Jazz Ensemble and Concert Band and All-State Middle School Band; and All-County elementary, junior high and high school bands and jazz ensembles. Three of his students have been selected to perform as members of the Kingston High School Jazz Ensemble in the Essentially Ellington Competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where they had the privilege of playing alongside the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis. In Shaut’s private music studio, his evening and weekend calendar remains full each year.
He spent three years as a freelance musician and continues to perform professionally. Following a North American collegiate search, he was selected as a member of the Walt Disney World Saxophone Quintet in 2001, and spent that summer performing in Orlando. In summer 2002, he was the tenor sax soloist with the award-winning Starlight Orchestra at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg (VA). As a member of the Maryland Saxophone Quartet, he toured Brazil in summer 2003, where he performed with Dale Underwood; and he’s performed with Frankie Valley and The Four Seasons as well. He also appears on a 2005 recording by composer and trumpeter Rusty Dedrick.
Shaut currently leads a jazz nonet and the newly formed, professional 17-piece Hudson Valley Jazz Orchestra. He’ll be heading back into the recording studio again to perform on the debut album of Bob Shaut’s saxophone quartet, Sax Life.
Shaut and wife Erika have a one-year-old daughter, Gisella. The family lives in Lake Katrine, N.Y.