About Daniel Gee
Mr. Gee received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Music Performance, graduating summa cum laude from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York College at Potsdam (12/2006), and is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Music and Human Learning from The Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. His primary violin teachers have included Dr. Laurie Scott, Mr. Brian Lewis, and Dr. Sarah Hersh. He is also studying viola with John Largess of the Miro Quartet.
Mr. Gee currently teaches at the University of Texas String Project, which was recently recognized by the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) as the String Project of the Year (2007). As a faculty member of the String Project, he teaches a private studio of around 15 violin/viola students ages 4-12, group classes, and music skills classes. He also teaches a private Suzuki studio of students ages 3 to adult at the Blackerby’s Violin Shop in North Austin.
While at the Crane School of Music, Daniel received the Julia E. Crane Award (2006) as well as twice receiving the Ken Cottrell Outstanding Human Service Award (2004, 2005). He was commended for his academic achievement by receiving the Crane Certificate of Merit (2006) and through recognition as a Departmental Scholar in both Music Performance and Music Education (2005, 2006). He also was a member of the honor’s program and appeared on the President’s List for eight semesters.
Daniel was involved in many student organizations serving as a studio representative and the public relations officer the Crane Student Association as well as acting as President and Vice-President of the ASTA Crane Student Chapter. He performed with the Crane Symphony Orchestra, Crane Chamber Orchestra, and Early Music Ensemble, often serving as principal and concertmaster. He performed at Carnegie Hall as principal 2nd violin with the Crane Symphony in January 2005. Daniel appeared as soloist with the Crane String Orchestra performing pieces of the standard Baroque repertoire. Additionally, Daniel played in numerous chamber ensembles winning 1st place in the Crane Chamber Music Competition in 2006 with his piano quintet. Central to his involvement at Potsdam was his commitment to teaching in the National String Project, where he worked with beginning string players ages 5-12 three days a week for seven semesters.
In between degrees, Daniel taught in New York public schools. In Fall of 2006, he student taught in the Capital Region of New York in the Bethlehem Central Middle School and Guilderland High School where he worked with Jody Van Voris and Jeffrey Herchenroder in their string programs. He also taught Elementary General Music and chorus for a semester in the Shenendehowa school district.
As a pedagogue and teacher, Daniel continues his growth and development through active membership in professional organizations such as the American String Teachers’ Association, the Music Educators’ National Conference, New York State School Music Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA).
An avid proponent of the Suzuki philosophy, Daniel has completed Suzuki training through long-term study with Sarah Hersh in Potsdam and short-term study at Institutes with Ed Sprunger, Teri Einfeldt, and Linda Fiore. This summer he will be taking coursework with Brian Lewis, Nancy Lokken, and William Dick. For more information, check the SAA website at: suzukiassociation.org.