Dana Brown is the Chair of the Music Faculty and Associate Professor of Opera and Vocal Coaching at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. At Roosevelt, he teaches the Vocal Accompanying Cognate class for master's pianists, as well as Topics for the Professional Singer, a graduate seminar. He enjoys a multi-faceted career as a pianist, vocal coach, collaborative artist and choral conductor. As a pianist, he has been heard many times on WFMT Radio as a soloist and collaborator, in addition to performances on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight”, Light Opera Works of Evanston, L’Opera Piccola, Pamiro Opera, the Chicago Cultural Center and the Chicago Humanities Festival, as well as the Tanglewood and Ravinia Festivals. He had had the great honor of playing at the 80th birthday celebration of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court Building in 2013. He is the Collaborative Pianist Liaison to the Central Regional Board of NATS, and is a member of the Collaborative Piano Committee for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.
As a vocal coach, he has worked for the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he played for masterclasses with Renée Fleming and lessons for Marilyn Horne and Renata Scotto. Dr. Brown also played for the Renée Fleming class at the national NATS Convention in Chicago, 2016. He has been on the faculty of Northwestern University, the Intermezzo Young Artists Program, the Opera and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy, and the Taos Opera Institute. He was the vocal coach for the Support our Singers residency sponsored by the Wisconsin Metropolitan Opera Association from 2008-2011. He is also co-Artistic Director of the Up North Vocal Institute, a mind-body-voice program for emerging young singers which takes place in Boyne City, Michigan for a month every summer.
Dr. Brown studied with Martin Katz at the University of Michigan, and Mary Sauer, the former pianist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.