Dean, School of Visual and Performing Arts
Dr. Daniel Goble brings over thirty years of experience as a performer, educator and arts administrator to the position of the Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU). Over the past 16 years at WCSU in his roles as the Coordinator of Jazz Studies, Associate Chair, and Chair of the Department of Music, Dr. Goble led efforts to assure excellence in teaching, scholarship and service that have both enhanced the reputation of the university while attracting outstanding faculty, staff and students to the campus. Throughout his tenure at WCSU, he has served in numerous positions of leadership and service, providing guidance for curricular and programmatic changes that affected positively the Department Music and the university. Among these accomplishments were the establishment of the WCSU Jazz Studies Program as one of the finest of its kind in the Northeast, the achievement of full accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the establishment of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, the programming of a new $97 million instructional and performance facility for the new school, and working as a team with faculty and staff towards the realization of a viable strategic plan for the entire university.
Over the course of over thirty years in the music industry, Dr. Goble has had the honor of performing with some of the finest ensembles, musicians and conductors in the world, including the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, and Lorin Maazel, the Brooklyn Philharmonic under Robert Spano, and the New York City Ballet. He recently had the honor of performing with the New York Philharmonic on their historic concert in Pyongyang, North Korea. In high demand in the contemporary classical music scene in New York City, he has performed music by such renowned composers as John Adams, Phillip Glass, Tania León, Alban Berg, Frank Zappa, Thomas Adés, and Luciano Berio and was recently featured on the Works and Process series at the Guggenheim Museum, performing the music of Paul Hindemith and Anton Webern. In addition to recently joining the New York Saxophone Quartet as their alto saxophonist, he has served as the baritone saxophonist with the Harvey Pittel Saxophone Quartet since 2001.
He was the First Prize-winner at the 1993 Louise D. McMahon International Competition, and has won or placed in numerous other prestigious competitions, including, the Concert Artist Guild International Competition Ima Hogg International Young Artist Competition, the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and the annual Down Beat Magazine Student Recording Awards. On the international stage, he was a featured performer at the 2004 Thailand International Saxophone Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, and has performed recitals in Japan, China, and in Europe.
Committed to recording and promoting contemporary works for the saxophone, his critically acclaimed CD Freeway, includes significant compositions by Pulitzer Prize winning composers Charles Wuorinen and John Harbison (CRI 876). His recording of Quartet, Opus 22, by Anton Webern, conducted by Robert Kraft, is available on the Naxos label, and his most recent project Mad Dances, American Music for Saxophone and Piano (Troy 1251) features the music of David Diamond, William Albright, David Del Tredici, Libby Larsen, and WCSU faculty colleague Dr. Kevin Jay Isaacs.
As a jazz and commercial musician, Dr. Goble has performed at such New York City area venues as the Kitting Factory, the Dizzy Gillespie Auditorium and the Cutting Room with the Jamie Begian Band. He has performed with National Tours of Cats, 42nd Street, and Sugar Babies and has performed with luminaries as Mel Torme, Barbara Cook, Stephen Colbert, and Audra McDonald.
Dan Goble is a Rico performing artist.