Dan Lis, Composer and Arts Administrator

(860) 416-3279





Registrar (2014+)

The Hartt School Community Division

Initiated and is successfully implementing online registration

Overhauled and rectified declining registration system

Supervises front end staff and reception team

Ensures proper and expedient processing of all registrations, billings, and student payments

Collaborates with staff team to ensure proper communication and to create registration materials

Works closely with Executive Director to ensure excellent operations of the school

Streamlines and improves registration, billing, and payment systems

Oversees customer service operations of the school

Provides numerous detailed reports for entire staff team

Utilizes various complex systems and processes

Master of challenging, dynamic, and powerful computer systems

Oversees Fund For Access (need-based financial aid program)


Writer (2011-12 and 2016+)

Composer’s Toolbox

Initiates dialogue on various issues on pedagogical and technical issues in composing music


Freelance composer (2007+)

Published by Harpster Music Publishing and DWL Publishing

Creates music for concerts

Has had music featured in film

Arranges music for students and music teachers

Collaborates locally and nationally

Works in a variety of media and genres

Masters technology to enhance notation and artistry

Leverages strong theoretical skills

Composer and Publisher Member, American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)


Teacher (2012-15)

Private Studio

Taught guitar, composition, songwriting, and cello

Northern Connecticut Community Music School

Taught guitar, composition, ensemble, and other music classes


Administrative Secretary (2013-14), promoted to Administrative Assistant (2014)

The Hartt School Community Division

Handled daily operations and fluid functioning of the office and school

Managed team of receptionists

Trained and oversaw staff members

Resolved staffing issues successfully

Ensured superior customer service

Maintained the main office and satellite locations

Managed office supply budget and ordering

Ensured space was used wisely and kept in peak condition

Triaged issues and followed up to completion at a level above client expectations

Ensured proper communication internally and externally

Assisted other staff members in the team as needed



Administrative Assistant (2013-14)

Sound Crossing Studio

Coordinated concert and event logistics

Maintained Internet communications

Planned summer programs and new school year programs

Acted as a liaison between students, faculty, and staff


Teacher (2013)

Just ONCE Guitar Classes

Taught seminars on basic guitar technique at continuing education centers throughout Connecticut


Scheduling Coordinator (2012-14)

The Hartt School Community Division

Responsible for teacher, performance, and event room scheduling

Master of 25Live scheduling software

Improved response time, efficiency, and accuracy of scheduling

Analyzed schedules to proactively avoid issues


Receptionist with extra duties (2010-2013)

The Hartt School Community Division

Performed customer service with families, students, and faculty

Managed the Simsbury satellite office location

Assisted in marketing, registration, and billing

Solved maintenance issues

Reorganized and improved distribution lists for mailings





Easily relates to customers as a liaison to staff and faculty

Effective at marketing through online calendars, listings, and social media

Fluent in Finale music notation software

Fluent in Logic Pro music creation software

Fluent in Mac and PC computers and related devices

Fluent in mass email production tool Constant Contact

Fluent in MS Office Suite

Fluent in using and managing Google Docs and Google Calendar

Fluent in using WordPress

Highly analytic mind


Learns new systems easily


Music analysis

Music composition: solo, chamber, orchestral, electronic, electroacoustic, interdisciplinary, incidental




Skilled in jazz and popular style guitar

Teaching music: composition, guitar, cello, ensemble, orchestration, software, appreciation, theory

Very organized

Works well both in a team and alone




The Hartt School, Master of Music in Composition (in progress)

Studies in composition: Larry Alan Smith (2014-15) and Ken Steen (2015-16)

Music used in masterclass with JACK Quartet (2014)

Masterclass with Jessica Meyer (2016)


The Hartt School, Bachelor of Music in Composition, Summa Cum Laude (Class of 2011)

Studies in composition: Alphonse Izzo, David Macbride, Robert Carl, Ken Steen, and Tawnie Olson (2007-11)

Studies in jazz guitar: Richard Goldstein (2008-9)

Presented at two undergraduate research and creativity colloquia

Masterclass with William Bolcom (2009)



Finalist, Morton Gould Young Composer Awards (2016)


Hartt Music Theory Department Award for Excellence (2011)

In recognition of performance in theory courses


Member, Alpha Chi National Honors Society (2011)

In recognition of highest tier GPA


Richard Kountz Trust Scholarship in Composition (2010)

In recognition of compositional ability


Burton Family Scholarship (2009)

In recognition of academic excellence and compositional ability


University of Hartford Junior Regent Award (2008)

For having one of the top two GPAs in his class




Guitar Concerto (2009): 11:23

Classical Guitar Soloist, String Quintet (Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello, Double Bass)

Premiere in April 2009


A Change in Weather (2009): 6:10

The Namaste Ensemble (Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Piano)

Premiere in November 2009 (in Italy)


Hesitant Again (2011): 10:10

The Alturas Duo (Viola and Classical Guitar)



Disciplined Lyricism (2011): 24:00

String Quartet

Partially performed


NRG (2012): 11:00

016 New Music Ensemble (Alto Sax, Trombone, Percussion, Piano, String quartet)

Premiere in November 2012


Impossible (for Vera Kushner) (2012): 7:30

Solo piano



In Love and War (commissioned by the 016 New Music Ensemble) (2014): 12:30

Alto Saxophone, Trombone, Violin, and Cello

Premiere in May 2016


native immigrants (Native American text, public domain) (2016): 13:15
Pierrot Ensemble



Large Ensemble:


Shards (2010): 13:00


Read in November 2010


Greed (2011): 10:15




Symphony (2012): 30:00




Pursued by the Nazgûl (commissioned by The Music School at Sound Crossing) (2012): 4:45

Chamber string orchestra

Premiere in May 2013


Slumber (commissioned by The Music School at Sound Crossing) (2013): 6:00

Chamber string orchestra

Premiere in March 2014


Of One, Strength (2014): 8:45


Read in November 2014


The Places of the Past (commissioned by The Music School at Sound Crossing) (2015): 4:48

Orchestra and Fixed Media

Premiere in June 2015


rain, in two dimensions, bent on itself, and reconnected (2016): 10:30

Wind Ensemble





A Winter’s Tale (Text by D. H. Lawrence, Public Domain) (2011): 4:20




Three Settings (Text by Emily Dickinson, Public Domain) (2012): 5:00




Hate Song: A political farce that isn’t funny anymore (Text by author) (2016): 9:00

SATB and Banjoist/Guitarist, with theatrical elements




of nights in April (Text by Willa Cather, Public Domain) (2015): 3 songs, totaling 15:00

Soprano and Piano



Silent and melancholy (Text by various authors, Public Domain) (2015): 4 songs totaling 11:15

Soprano and Piano





Abandoning Lucidity (for Erin Camp) (2012): 4:10

1 Flutist (Alto Flute, Piccolo, and Kick Drum) and Fixed Media



Soul Refuge (2013): 6 tracks, ca. 29:00 total

Fixed Media

CD (Self-released)


Exercise Music (2014): 6 tracks, ca. 65:00 total

Fixed Media

CD (Self-released)


Bloomfield Yard in the Dark (2014): 10:18

Fixed Media



The Places I Dream of Before I Visit (2015): 7:00

Fixed Media

Premiere in March 2015


Improvisational Structure No. 7: obstinacy (2015): 5:13

Amplified Viola and Fixed Media

Premiere in March 2015


fraternity with all those good and beautiful things: a requiem (2015): 50:00

SATB Soloists, Saxophone Quartet, Rock Band, Interactive Audiovisual Media, Fixed Audio Media

Premiere in March 2016


Bleak Friday (2015): 6:30

Marimba and Fixed Media

Premiere in May 2016




Henry V (Theatre Incidental Music) (2011): Various cues and short pieces of various lengths

Trumpet, Percussion, Viola, Classical Guitars

Premiere in spring 2011


Billy’s Cap (Documentary Film Incidental Music) (2012): Various cues and pieces of various lengths

Fixed Media

Documentary (DVD released March 2014)




Sight Reading Exercises for Guitarists (2015)

Guitar instructor and student


Open Form:


Improvisational Structure No. 1: A Trip Through Interdimensional Normalcy (2015): indeterminate duration or ca. 10:00

Jazz ensemble, fixed media, open instrumentation

Premiere in November 2015


Improvisational Structure No. 2: Walking on Reich’s Beach (2015): indeterminate duration or ca. 10:00

Electric Guitar Quartet or Looping Guitarist, Improvising Percussionist(s), fixed media and video



Improvisational Structure No. 3: Joyful Noise (2015): 5:30

Open instrumentation, fixed media and video

Premiere in November 2015




Soul Refuge (September 2013)



Exercise Music (April 2014)

Music for exercising/music for listening/rhythmic


fraternity with all those good and beautiful things (July 2016)

Live performance of Master’s thesis/rock/early music


For student ensemble “Sound and Silence” (classically trained student ensemble playing popular music):

2012 arrangements (all performed):

Sweet Home Chicago (Robert Johnson)

Holiday (Green Day)

The Ocean (Led Zeppelin)

2013 arrangements (all performed):

Good Riddance (Green Day)

Otherside (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

We Are The Champions (Queen)

Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles)

Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin)

Send Me On My Way (Rusted Root)

Learn to Fly (Foo Fighters)

About a Girl (Nirvana)

Holy Diver (Dio)

I Shot the Sheriff (Bob Marley and The Wailers)

Not Your Fault (AWOLNATION)

2014 arrangements (all performed):

Along for the Ride (Dream Theater)

crushcrushcrush (Paramore)

Still Into You (Paramore)

Broken ft. Amy Lee (Seether)

Empty Arms (Stevie Ray Vaughan)

The Impression That I Get (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)

In the Hall of the Mountain King (Edvard Grieg)

Bewitched (Hart/Rodgers)


On a Plain (Nirvana)

Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne)

Wish You Were Here (Incubus)

Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)

Welcome to Paradise (Green Day)

Thunderstruck (AC/DC)

Parallel Universe (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Iron Man (Black Sabbath)

Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)

2015 Arrangements (performed):

All Along the Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix)

Subdivisions (Rush)

Simple Man (Shinedown)

2015 Arrangements (“Creep” and “Right Here” performed):

Breaking the Law (Judas Priest)

Creep (Radiohead)

Right Here (Staind)






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