Musicking is a wholly fulfilling, challenging, fun, serious, personal, universal, expressive, mysterious endeavor. To teach it is to convey all of these aspects with patience, trust, and empathy. The piano offers ways into music; our goal is not so much to explore the instrument as to transcend it, to sing and dance through the piano.
Dan Sedgwick is a pianist, composer, and teacher with wide-ranging musical interests and a particular devotion to instrumental and vocal chamber music. Nurtured by Burncoat High School’s ear-opening music department in Worcester, MA, Sedgwick studied music at Harvard and then Rice University, graduating with a doctorate in composition in 2009.
From 2009 to 2016, Sedgwick worked as a teaching assistant for the Harvard Music Department, teaching music theory, analysis, composition, keyboard skills, and acoustics. He has also tutored theory and solfège students (ages 7-17) for Project STEP in Boston, coached chamber music for the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestra Chamber Music Program and the Sonad Glen Brook Workshop of Marlborough, NH, and taught microtonal theory, composition, and performance for Xenharmonic Praxis Summer Camp (Hillsboro, WV and Salem, NY).
As a pianist, Sedgwick enjoys a wide repertoire of classical and contemporary chamber music; he has recently performed for the Dilijan Chamber Music Series of L.A., Apple Hill Summer Concert Series, Newport String Project, and Equilibrium Concert Series. His recordings include ten new miniature works by ten composers for horn, violin and piano (with the Red Hedgehog Trio), the complete Sonatas for Harpsichord and Viola da Gamba by J.S. Bach (with Richard Hartshorne, double bass), and a guest appearance on singer-songwriter Kris Wettstein’s album, For Nothing Holds You In.
Sedgwick’s compositions have been performed by the Worcester Chamber Music Society, Dilijan Chamber Music Series of L.A., Apple Hill String Quartet, Boston Public Quartet, Keene Chamber Orchestra, Magnolia Chamber Orchestra, Houston Boychoir, Gryphon Trio, Gere-Sedgwick Duo, and many others. His doctoral thesis, a seventeen-minute theme and variations composed for the Apple Hill String Quartet, was described in a recent review as “distinctive and arresting… somber, studied, cerebral, and at the same time emotional, with occasional streaks of jollity… a powerful, engaging composition…” (John Zeugner, Worcester Telegram & Gazette).
Sedgwick has received recognition and support for his work from the St. Botolph Club Foundation of Boston, MA (Emerging Artist Award, 2016), the Worcester Educational Development Fund (Worcester Public Schools Distinguished Alumni Award, 2016), the Somerville Arts Council (Artist Fellowship Grant, 2014), and Harvard's Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning (nine-time recipient of Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, 2010–2016).
A.B., Music Concentration, Harvard College; M.M., Composition, Rice University/Shepherd School of Music; D.M.A., Composition, Rice University/Shepherd School of Music