Guitarist Dan Cooper, a native of Rochester, NY, is an alumnus of Roberts Wesleyan College (BA Music) and is currently a Masters student through Stephen F. Austin State University (MM Music Theory and Composition). A dedicated student of music, Dan has had the privilege of studying guitar under Dr. Timothy Shannon for his undergraduate and then with the virtuoso electric-guitarist Nili Brosh (Cirque du Soleil, Tony MacAlpine Band, Iron Maidens, Dethklok, and soloist) for two years. In composition, his focus has shifted specifically to the realm of video game music composition and film music composition; with the occasional escape into chamber music and large ensemble music.
A guitar teacher for over a decade, Dan has been able to cover a wide range of styles with his students for all skill levels while stressing both musicality and technicality. The continuous differences in styles and levels of students always make his teaching days interesting and enjoyable. Currently teaching at the Roberts Wesleyan College Community Music School, he also taught for a period at the Rochester Academy of Music and Art before moving to Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles, Dan continued to be dedicated to his private students back in Rochester by teaching them regularly over Skype.
An active performer, he considers himself blessed to have worked with fantastic musicians throughout Rochester and Los Angeles. Outside of solo performances, some of his other shows and work include: ConArtist, Vanessa Bejine, Speirs, RnB Classics Live, The Father’s House Church, Mosaic Church, Pino Gioia, pit orchestras, and more. The stage and studio are like second homes.