Dan Lis, Composer and Arts Administrator

(860) 416-3279

daniel.lis_music@yahoo.com

 

Experience

 

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

 

Skills

 

Customer-oriented

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

Honest

Learns new systems easily

Managerial

Music analysis

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

Operations-minded

Resourceful/Independent

Self-disciplined

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

 

Education

 

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)

Recognition

 

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

Compositions

 

Solo/Chamber:

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)

Unperformed

 

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

Unperformed

 

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

Unperformed

 

Large Ensemble:

 

Shards (2010): 13:00

Orchestra

Read in November 2010

 

Greed (2011): 10:15

Orchestra

Unperformed

 

Symphony (2012): 30:00

Orchestra

Unperformed

 

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

Orchestra

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

Unperformed

 

Chorus:

 

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

SATB

Unperformed

 

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

SATB

Unperformed

 

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

SATB and Banjoist/Guitarist, with theatrical elements

Unperformed

 

Songs:

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

Soprano and Piano

Unperformed

 

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

Soprano and Piano

Unperformed

 

Electroacoustic:

 

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

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

Unperformed

 

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

Unperformed

 

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

 

Incidental:

 

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)

 

Pedagogical:

 

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

Unperformed

 

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

Open instrumentation, fixed media and video

Premiere in November 2015

 

Albums:

 

Soul Refuge (September 2013)

Ambient/spacious/nature-inspired

 

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
Arrangements:

 

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)

Sail (AWOLNATION)

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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