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Dan Graeber is an in-demand pianist/keyboardist, accompanist, and music leader based in Boulder. Specializing in Pop/Rock and Jazz styles, he has extensive experience in musical theater, having worked as keyboardist and/or music director on over 50 musicals. An adept sight-reader, he is also an experienced audition pianist and accompanist for workshops, masterclasses, and special events, and can be found anywhere an accompanist or music leader is needed. With a passion for working with vocals, Dan is a respected and sought-after pianist and music director for vocalists in the Denver-metro area. As a working freelance musician, he places high value on professionalism, preparation, and dependability.
Since 2005, Dan has been pianist/organist and music director at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Louisville. He directs the contemporary group, weekly selecting and arranging charts, and rehearsing full rhythm and vocal sections. From 2007 to 2014 he was the staff music director and accompanist for Broadway in Boulder Studios at the Dairy Center for the Arts, playing for weekly audition classes and masterclasses. He was music director for the studio’s production of “Grand Hotel”, conducting a 19-piece orchestra from the piano. He also had the opportunity to work with and learn from acclaimed Broadway music directors Kevin Stites and Ted Sperling, and composer Maury Yeston. In New York, he accompanied (and learned much from!) masterclasses with Craig Carnelia, composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and several other respected acting and vocal coaches. He served as keyboard programmer and second-keyboardist for Broadway in Boulder’s production of “The Secret Garden”, using Logic Pro and MainStage to design and program nearly 150 patch-changes for the keyboard-2 part. He was also an integral part of the studio’s production of “Floyd Collins”, working as rehearsal/performance pianist, assistant music director, and providing additional keyboard patch design and programming (including recording audio samples from an old whiskey bottle to create a 2-octave keyboard “bottle” patch).
Dan has filled-in as pianist at Boulder’s Dinner Theater, and is frequently called on to help with auxiliary performances, events, and rehearsals. He also regularly plays for the theater’s audition sessions. Since 2003, Dan has worked with Boulder County’s Centerstage Theater Company in various roles, depending on the show, as pianist, band leader, or music director. In 2014, Dan was music director and pianist for a musical theater cabaret called “There’s Nothing Rougher Than Love,” which played two engagements at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret in Denver, and several other venues in the metro area. In December, he’ll music direct a special holiday cabaret at Lannie’s.
For years, Dan has worked with numerous schools and voice studios throughout the area in various roles as pianist, rehearsal pianist, or music director, and was an accompanist for CMEA’s inaugural All-State Middle School Choir in 2014 and again in 2015. In 2014, he recorded with the “Larry Stephens Project” on a forthcoming album of original jazz. In 2010, he had the opportunity to revisit his classical training when he was invited to be a soloist with the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra (now the Stratus Chamber Orchestra), performing the Etruscan Concerto by Peggy Glanville-Hicks under the direction of David Rutherford. Also in 2010, he released a concept album of original compositions titled “City Dreams”, blending pop, jazz, and electronic influences. As an arranger, Dan has a collection of contemporary arrangements of Christmas standards that is published and distributed by praisecharts.com. He is also currently working with a Denver composer as an arranger and consultant in the creation of a new musical, with a staged-reading slated for January.
Conducting from Piano
Midi Sequencing & Electronic Music Production
Yamaha CP4 Stage Piano
2x QSC K10 Speakers
All necessary stands, cables, lights, extension chords, etc. — all I need is an outlet.
MacBook Pro with Logic Pro and MainStage
Apogee Ensemble Firewire interface
MIDI integration with CP4 for live performance
Additional software: Sibelius, Finale, Anytune (for transcription).
"Angels We Have Heard On High"
Job: Create contemporary pop arrangements of Christmas hymns using standard pop-rock instrumentation for use in contemporary worship services. The melody should remain relatively unaltered to facilitate and encourage corporate singing by a congregation.
"Once Upon A Time" ("Push Up: The Musical" opening number)
Job: Take composer's basic melodic and accompaniment ideas and expand into full piano/vocal arrangement.