Dr. Daniel Harrison

harrison-smDr. Daniel C. Harrison began his study of the piano at age 7. He completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Brigham Young University in 1968 where he studied piano with Professor Robert B. Smith, and Dr. Reid Nibley, and organ with Prof. Parley Belnap. Upon completion of the B.A., Dan studied for a year at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England. He returned to complete a Master’s Degree at BYU in 1973.

Dan taught music on the college and university level in Northern California for 15 years. The colleges include: DeAnza College, Foothill College, West Valley College, and Evergreen Valley College. He also served as Director of Class Piano Studies at the University of Santa Clara and was a member of faculty there for 11 years. In 1984 he moved with his family to Ogden, Utah where he taught at Weber State University for 5 years. He took leave of absence in 1990 to complete a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Subsequently, he served for 6 years on the faculty of Dixie State College of Utah in St. George, Utah. His home was in Morgan Hill, California from 2001 – 2007, where continued his studio. He now lives in Layton, Utah with his wife and near his family, but commutes to the Bay Area to continue teaching his private students.

Because of an avid interest in injuries sustained by pianists, Dr. Harrison studied at the acclaimed Dorothy Taubman Institute of Piano in Amherst, Massachusetts where injury-free technique is taught. His doctoral dissertation is written on this subject.

Dr. Harrison has won many performance competitions, including the 1966 Utah State Fair Music Competition where he won the Advanced Piano Division and the Grand Prize. As a result of winning that competition, he performed twice with the Utah Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Maurice Abravanel. He is a sought-after adjudicator, lecturer, and recitalist throughout the intermountain area, and in California. He served as President of the Santa Clara Branch of the Music Teachers Association from 1979-81, and again from 2004-07, and of the Ogden and St. George Chapters of the Utah Music Teachers Association. In addition, he has served on the State Board of the UMTA.

Dr. Harrison’s experience in church music is extensive. He was served as Ward Organist in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at age thirteen, and has served almost continuously in that capacity many times in many wards. He has also served as Stake Music Leader/Organist in the Menlo Park and the Morgan Hill Stakes in Northern California. He served for 6 years as organist for the First Baptist Church in Ogden, Utah and for 5 years at the United Methodist Church in St. George, Utah. He is an accomplished and experience choir leader, having conducted the Foothill Madrigal Choir, and many church choirs. For 12 consecutive years, Dan conducted an annual production of Handel’s Messiah in the Bay Area of Northern California.

Dan and his wife JoAnn are the parents of 7 children, two of whom have completed degrees in music, and have established careers in performing and music teaching. He recently collaborated with his daughter, Colleen Brunson in a vocal/piano CD. Among his children’s families, there are 18 grandchildren.