Since forming in November of 2010, The Donald Sinta Quartet (DSQ) has quickly achieved international renown for their recitals, concerto performances, completely memorized presentation, and championing of the very latest repertoire from emerging young composers. Hailing from across the country, DSQ is named for legendary University of Michigan Saxophone Professor Donald Sinta, the group's mentor.
Saxophonist Daniel Graser is emerging as one of the most innovative and influential performers and pedagogues of his generation. Currently Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Grand Valley State University, Dan was a recipient of the Doctorate of Musical Arts and Masters in Music from the University of Michigan where he served as Teaching Assistant to legendary pedagogue Donald Sinta. Dan previously earned Bachelors degrees summa cum laude in music theory/history and saxophone performance as well as the Honors in Performance while a student of Dr. Timothy McAllister at the Crane School of Music.
Zach Stern enjoys a career as a saxophone soloist, chamber musician, and educator. His performing and teaching schedule has taken him all over the world, including such venues as Carnegie Hall, Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. As a soloist, he won the 2013 University of Michigan Concerto Competition, as well as 2nd Prize in the Winds Division of the 2010 Young Texas Artists Music Competition. He has performed as a featured soloist with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the South Oakland Concert Band (MI), the Saline High School Wind Ensemble (MI), and the Kingwood Park High School Symphonic Band (TX).
Joseph Girard has been appointed Visiting Lecturer in Music—Saxophone, for the 2015-2016 academic year at the Schwob School of Music. Joe enjoys a rising career as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. His performances have taken him from Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Walt Disney Hall, Meyerson Symphony Center, Krannert Center, and Kravis Center all the way to St. Andrews, Paris, Versailles, Strasbourg, Montreux, Geneva, Thessaloniki, Beijing, Shanghai, and Osaka. Additionally, he has appeared at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Music From Angel Fire, and the Lake George Music Festival.
Prior to moving to Ann Arbor, Danny Hawthorne-Foss was active in the San Francisco music scene, playing at local jazz clubs, hotels, restaurants, street fairs, and public buildings as a member of jazz, salsa, and folk bands as well as classical chamber groups. In 2011 Danny earned his Bachelor's degree in saxophone performance from the University of Michigan. During his time in Ann Arbor, he has played with the University of Michigan Symphony Band, the University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble, and the Ann Arbor Symphony. A proponent of new music, Danny has premiered pieces at the 2009 and 2010 Midwest Composers Symposium at the Universities of Michigan and Cincinnati respectively. In addition to the UM Symphony Band Album "Artifacts", Danny can be heard as a soloist on the album "Music in Pluralism" by New York composer William Zuckerman.