Curriculum vitae

Teaching    

•   Founder of www.wayoftheguitar.com, an internationally-recognized leader in online guitar, harmony, and improvisation pedagogy.
•   Conductor of PCC Chamber Ensemble, composition instructor, theory instructor, instructor of classical & jazz guitar, Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus (2011-2017)
•    Professor of Music, Marylhurst University. Courses: Classical Guitar, Jazz Guitar, Electric Bass, Orchestration 1-3, Guitar Skills for Music Therapists 1-2, Guitar Ensemble, Music Notation: Theory and Practice, Composition Seminar, and Performance Seminar (2012-2015)
•    Clinical Guitar Techniques, seminar for the American Music Therapy Association, Oregon State Mental Hospital, Salem (2015)
•    Music theory instructor, And Vision Music School, Tokyo, Japan (2009-2010)
•    Public high-school English teacher in Fukuoka, Japan. Hired via the Japanese government program JET (2006-2007)
•    Graduate teaching assistant to Ricardo Iznaola, University of Denver (2002-2005)
•    Graduate teaching assistantships in music history, jazz, and classical guitar, University of Denver (2002-2005)

Education

•    Dual Master’s degree in classical guitar performance & composition, Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. Studied guitar primarily with Ricardo Iznaola and Jonathan Leathwood, and also with Masakazu Ito. Studied composition with William Hill & Ricardo Iznaola (2005)
•    Composition & performance studies with Samuel Adler, Roland Dyens, and Ian Underwood (Frank Zappa)
•    Private study with Giuliano Balestra (Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia) Rome, Italy (2001)
•    Bachelor’s degree in Music, minor in Philosophy, Clarke University. Studied guitar with Jaime Guiscafré and composition with Amy Dunker (2002)
•    Master classes with numerous artists including cellist Alban Gerhardt (1999-2005)

Discography

•    The B1 Sessions by The Missing Ones (2018)
•    Live at UrBANGUILD by Cosmic Fugue (2018)
•    Joyo Jazz Trio (2018)
•    Cosmic Fugue with Christopher Fryman (2018)
•    Cosley Plays Charles Mingus (2016)
•    The Night Was (2015)
•    The Napoleon of Naka-Ita (2015)
•    Black Impact, with percussionist Elliott Hasiuk (2013)
•    World Folk Songs with Tokyo Guitar Ensemble (Gendai, 2011)
•    Ensō, with guitarist Nathan Kolosko (Corda Vuota, 2009)
•    Midwestern Hieroglyphs V. 2, The Mandala Duo with violinist Steve Lovinger (2009)
•    Midwestern Hieroglyphs V. 1, The Mandala Duo with violinist Steve Lovinger (2008)
•    Concerto No.1 for Guitar, live at the Lamont School (by Dan Cosley) (2006)
•    The Mandelbrot Set, with violinist Steve Lovinger (2006)

Videography

YouTube channel:    https://www.youtube.com/user/Theodorettecdaet

Compositions, Arrangements, & Publications

  •    12 Duos for Two Horns (K.487/496a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, transcribed for guitar duo by Dan Cosley, Publisher: Les Productions d’OZ (2018)
  • Echoland for solo guitar by Dan Cosley, Publisher: Les Productions d’OZ (2018)

•    44 Duos for Two Violins (Sz. 98, BB 104) by Béla Bartók, transcribed for guitar duo by Dan Cosley. (2017)
•    Sea of Trees for two alto saxophones, clarinet, organ, piano, violin, viola, two guitars, trombone, and electric bass. (2016)
•    Pavane Op. 50 by Gabriel Faure, arr. for two alto saxophones, clarinet, organ, piano, violin, viola, two guitars, trombone, and electric bass. (2016)
•    Deep River for two 13-string kotos and 17-string bass koto. (2016)
•    Goodbye Pork Pie Hat and Fables of Faubus by Charlie Mingus (arrangements for solo electric guitar) (2016)
•    Pur ti miro from L’incoronazione di Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi (arrangement for high & low voice with an original guitar continuo) Publisher: Les Productions d’OZ (2016)
•    Scales & Modes for Guitar. Publisher: Les Productions d’OZ (2015)
•    Duke Ellington’s Satin Doll and In A Sentimental Mood (arrangements for 3 guitars) (2014)
•    Trio in C Major Op. 87 by Ludwig van Beethoven (arrangement for 3 guitars) Publisher: Les Productions d’OZ (2013)
•    Ten Textures: Studies in Reading, Technique, and Harmony. Publisher: Les Productions d’OZ (2012)
•    Waltz Triptych: An Introduction, article. Publisher: Gendai Guitar Magazine (May issue 2011)
•    Easy Pieces For Guitar Ensemble Vol. 2, World Famous Songs No. 1, with fellow directors of the Japan Guitar Ensemble Association. Publisher: Gendai Guitar (2011)
•    Waltz Triptych for guitar quartet or guitar ensemble. Commissioned by the Guitar Ensemble Association of Japan. Publisher: Les Productions d’OZ (2010)
•    Ensō for guitar duo. Publisher: Les Productions d’OZ (2009)
•    Water Strider for guitar quartet or guitar ensemble. Publisher: Les Productions d’OZ (2008)
•    Dark Match for oboe, clarinet and bassoon (2007)
•    Etudes for guitar (2006-2007)
•    Concerto for Guitar (2005)
•    Permanent Midnight II for guitar and flute (2004)
•    Permanent Midnight for piano (2003)
•    Green Sound for solo guitar (2001)

Selected Performances

•    Various performances in Japan (please see www.dancosley.com/events) (2017 – Current)

•    Première of “Sea Of Trees” for two alto saxophones, clarinet, organ, piano, violin, viola, two guitars, trombone, and electric bass. Portland Community College (Portland, Oregon 2016)
•    Première of “Deep River” for two 13-string kotos and 17-string bass koto. Oregon Koto Kai, led by Mitsuki Dazai. Portland State University. (Portland, Oregon 2016)
•    Première of “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” and “Fables of Faubus” by Charlie Mingus (arrangements for solo electric guitar) at the Portland Guitar Society (Portland, Oregon 2016)
•    Première of “Pur ti miro” from L’incoronazione di Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi (arrangement for high & low voice with an original guitar continuo) Northwest Art Song Inaugural Series (Portland, Oregon November 2015)
•    Première of Ice Muffins, 7 original prog-rock pieces for guitar, bass, and drums. Hosted by Creative Music Guild at NO FEST. (Portland, Oregon September 2015)
•    Première of Echoland by Dan Cosley at the Portland Classical Guitar Series 10th Anniversary Gala Concert (Portland, Oregon 2014)
•    Première of Duke Ellington’s Satin Doll and In A Sentimental Mood with the Marylhurst University Guitar Ensemble (arrangements) (Portland, Oregon 2014)
•    Robert Ruck instrument demonstration concert. Played two new Ruck guitars. Music by Cosley, Francesco Canova da Milano, & J.S. Bach, by request of Robert Ruck. NW Musical Instrument Show at Marylhurst University. (Portland, Oregon 2013)
•    Trio in C Major Op. 87 by Ludwig van Beethoven with the Marylhurst University Guitar Ensemble (arrangement for 3 guitars) (Portland, Oregon 2013)
•    Première of Ten Textures by Dan Cosley at the Portland Guitar Society (Portland, Oregon 2011)
•    Collaborative performances with Samm Bennett, Elliot Hasiuk, and Ryan Mizuno. This and That Cafe 1&3, concert series, Super Deluxe (Tokyo, Japan 2010, 2011)
•    Super Deluxe Global Session, concert series, Super Deluxe (Tokyo, Japan 2011)
•    Première of Waltz Triptych by Dan Cosley with Ensemble Oz (Tokyo, Japan 2010)
•    Shonai International Guitar Festival (Yamagata, Japan 2010)
•    Première of Atanas Ourkouzounov’s The Red Elf’s Tale with Tokyo M Group and the composer as conductor (Yamagata, Japan 2010)
•    Première of Roland Dyens’ Soleils Levants with Ensemble OZ and the composer as conductor (Tokyo, 2008)
•    Performances with Norihiko Hibino and The Outer Rim (Tokyo, 2008)
•    Japan Guitar Ensemble Association Gala Concert (Concertmaster for Tokyo Guitar Ensemble, 2008)
•    Solo Concerts (Fukuoka, Japan, 2007)
•    Up-Close Avant (Concert series organized by Creative Music Works, Denver, 2006)
•    En Mis Palabras, an opera by Roger Ames, with the Central City Opera (Toured 2005-2006 season)
•    Première of Concerto for Guitar by Dan Cosley (Denver, 2005)
•    Graduate Recital of Distinction (Lamont School of Music, Denver, 2005)
•    Première of Gilbert Biberian’s Rose Garden (Denver, 2005)
•    Première of Jessica Mays’ Suite for Guitar (Denver, 2005)
•    Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra with the Lamont Symphony (Denver, 2004)
•    Première of Stephen Goss’s Lachrymae (Denver, 2003)
•    Solo concerts by invitation of the Rome Festival (Rome, Italy, 2000)

Awards

•    Ricardo Iznaola Scholarship (2005)
•    Graduate Recital of Distinction, Lamont School of Music (2005)
•    Awarded lifetime membership to Pi Kappa Lambda (2005)
•    Lamont Conservatory Concerto Competition, First Prize Winner (2003-2004)
•    Walter & Kathryn Dunham Fine Arts Award, Clarke University (2002)
•    Virginia Gaume Music Award for Excellence in Performance (2002)
•    Eliza Kelly Music Award for Academic Excellence (2002)
•    Won international audition and scholarship for participation in Rome Festival (2001)

Curation, Organization & Promotion

•    Co-founder (with Christopher Fryman) of Cosmic Fugue, weekly workshop series on jazz and modern classical improvisation, Kyoto, Japan (2018 – present)
•    Classical Revolution PDX Board of Directors (2016)
•    Marc Ribot Residency at Marylhurst University. Solo Concert, Group Free-Improvisation Workshop, Workshop Orchestra Concert (2015)
•    Elected to the board of directors for the Guitar Ensemble Association of Japan, (2009 – present)

Miscellaneous

•    Commercial music composition/recording. Clients include Disney, Comcast, Legacy Health, Room&Board, etc.
•    In-house music engraver for Oregon Catholic Press. Numerous publication credits including Journey Songs 3 (2011-2012)
•    Intern at Colorado Symphony (2005)
•    CMTE, American Music Therapy Association (2014)