Described by the great guitarist Eliot Fisk as “A sensitive and poetic soul,” Dan Kyzer is making his mark on the music world as an artist and educator.
DR. DAN KYZER brings soulful emotion and unique insight to the classical guitar and its repertoire. As a soloist, Dan prides himself on giving audiences across the US an experience that is both introspective and uplifting. Dan’s roots are in the bluegrass and blues music he played as a teen in Jackson, MS, but upon discovering the classical guitar as a high school senior, Dan began studying the classical guitar at Hinds Community College with Dr. John Ingwerson. After finishing his undergraduate work at the University of Southern Mississippi, Dan earned a scholarship to the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA where he studied with the world-renowned guitarist Eliot Fisk, earning a MM degree with Academic Honors. After completing a Master of Music with Academic Honors from NEC, Dan moved to Denton, TX where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of North Texas under the tutelage of Thomas Johnson. His dissertation, “Beyond Nothingness: A Broader Nihilism in Cinema Paradiso by Stephen Goss” is a cross-discipline work that together philosophy, film, and music. Currently, Dan serves on the faculty at the University of Texas at Tyler and Mountain View College in Dallas.
While in Boston, Dan maintained a studio at the Boston School of Guitar and performed with groups like the Boston Metro Opera and MIT Women’s Chorus. Dan also played solo concerts at venues like the Wood’s Hole Library, Boston Public Library, Allston-Brighton UMC, and Williams Hall at NEC. He interned with the Boston GuitarFest and worked with Guitar and Friends, a non-profit guitar organization. Dan has played solo recitals and events at some of the most prestigious venues in the DFW area, including the Dallas Museum of Art, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth Modern Art Museum, Voertman Hall, Perot Museum, and many others. His collaborations include Fort Worth Opera, Orpheus Chamber Singers, UNT University Singers, Collin County Children’s Chorus, and Millenial Choirs and Orchestras. Dan has served as an adjudicator at the Lone Star Guitar Festival, Mountain View Guitar Festival, and Collin College Guitar Competition. Recent performances include solo recitals at the New Orleans International Guitar Festival, Oklahoma City University, Louisiana Tech, the University of Southern Mississippi, and solo and ensemble performances with the Allegro Guitar Series.
Dan also holds top prizes from the New Orleans International Guitar Festival, Southern Guitar Festival, and Mississippi Guitar Festival, along with prizes from the Texas International Guitar Competition, Lone Star Guitar Festival Competition, and the Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival Competition. Dan was selected as a Finalist in the 2018 Sharon Lynn Wilson Center Competition and as a semi-finalist in the 2018 Columbus Guitar Symposium.
Dan plays a 2019 Aaron Ringo guitar made in Weatherford, TX.