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                 Daniel Grabois
Professor of Horn, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Solo Recording Artist
Chamber Musician

I am the Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music, and
the horn player in the Meridian Arts Ensemble and the Wisconsin Brass Quintet.

Before moving to Wisconsin, I was a freelance horn player in New York City for 24 years, and I served as Chair of Contemporary
Performance at the Manhattan School of Music for 4 years. I also taught for 14 years at The Hartt School and for 18 years at Princeton University.

From The Horn Call

"Daniel Grabois, horn professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is an excellent horn player, composer, inventor
of instruments, midi-programmer, maybe a rock-n-roll star, and certainly a creative genius."

Information for Prospective Horn Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
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My Teaching Philosophy
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My solo CD, entitled Air Names, was released in 2016 on the Summit Records label. The disc was recorded using Ableton Live,
an incredibly flexible software package that lets you turn any acoustic instrument, like the horn, into an electro-acoustic instrument.
The disc contains 16 tracks, all of my own composition, and I play not only the horn but two invented instruments. One I have called
the noreba, and it consists of an Indian shanai, which is normally a double reed instrument, fitted with a horn mouthpiece. The other
instrument I am calling the bouchero, and it consists of a stopping mute outfitted with a mouthpiece. The disc also features a drummer,
John Ferrari, and a bass player, Nick Moran.

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Etude Books

My etude books are published by Brass Arts Unlimited. You can order Horn Excerpt Boot Camp, 20 Difficult Etudes for
the Horn's Middle Register, and Quarter Tone Manual.

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Other Compositions
All my compositions will soon be published by Brass Arts Unlimited as well.
Until they are released, you can go here to purchase the following works:

The Spikenard, for solo horn
Moving Up, for solo horn
Zen Monkey, for brass quintet (recorded here)
Blue Ridge Courtship, for horn and cello

And coming soon:
Antilogy, for solo horn
Kairos, for solo tuba
Migration, for brass quintet and drums
Gravikord, for brass quintet

Recordings with Meridian Arts Ensemble
The MAE has recorded 11 CDs, featuring music in all different styles. Our two newest recordings are:
Alchemy featuring Renaissance music and newer pieces that sound old.
In the Zone featuring music by Andrew Rindfleisch, including the title work as well as amazing arrangements of
Civil War era tunes and lots more.

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I have recorded a horn concerto, by David Rakowski, written for me with Sequitur. Want to buy it? Find it here.

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Read my blog here

Horn Excerpt Boot Camp

I expect this book will be useful, especially to students, not just for the preparation of specific excerpts but also for
helping to develop a personal mind-set and method for practicing anything with which we are confronted .... A wonderful
contribution to our horn-related resources for professional life.
--The Horn Call

I love this book. It speaks to both sides of the excerpt puzzle--the mental side and the physical--thoroughly and eloquently.
--David Jolley

Quarter Tone Manual for French Horn

I wanted to thank you for your latest and most welcome addition to my library of method books.  Your volume does a great service
to the art by advancing the discussion of possibilities that are not always exploited in the usual music we play on the horn.
-- Michael Atkinson, NYC freelance horn player (check out his website)

Twenty Difficult Etudes for the Horn's Middle Register

This beautiful music has a wonderful bonus of working the horn's mid register!  Some recital-worthy pieces for sure. 
Bravo and thank you Dan!
-- Jeff Nelsen, Indiana University, former horn of Canadian Brass

Thank you for writing your etudes! They are just the type of studies I had been looking for. Most middle register etudes are either too easy
or just don't click with me musically.
-- Julia Rose, Associate Principal Horn, Columbus Symphony

With Barry Tuckwell.

Why couldn't you write some easy ones? Twenty HORRIBLE Etudes!
--Barry Tuckwell


With Radovan Vlatkovic, who gave a master class in 2015