Dana Gress

Freelance Music Composer & Music Arranger

Location:Sterling Heights, Michigan, United States
2 Skills
Dana C. R. Gress

11411 Delvin Dr., Sterling Heights, MI 48314


2000 | Master of Education (Curriculum and Instructional Design)
• Westminster College

1995 | Bachelor of Music in Composition (Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television)
• University of Southern California
• Studied with Frank Ticheli
• Recipient of BMI Scholarship for Film Scoring

Professional Experience

• Studied with renowned composers Frank Ticheli, Erica Muhl, Buddy Baker, David Raksin, Christopher Young, John Parker, Larry Blank, Alan Silvestri, Elmer Bernstein.
• Recipient of BMI Scholarship for Film Scoring
• Published by C. L. Barnhouse Co.
• Commissioned by
• Prevailing Winds Wind Quintet, Salt Lake City, UT
• Highland High School, UT
• Salt Lake Symphonic Winds, UT
• Park City Community Schools. MI
• Lakeview Public Schools, MI
• L’Anse Creuse Public Schools, MI
• Connecticut Chamber Music Association, CT
• Tuba Brotherhood, LA, CA
• Composer for many short films and independent works

Alto Saxophonist

I am the lead player and composer for Chill FX, a modern jazz group based in Southfield, MI. I am a recording artist with Chill FX, having released our debut CD on My Heart Records titled “Dawn of the Blu Frog” now available on iTunes and www.cdbaby.com/chillfx. We have performed at such venues as Seldom Blues restaurant and Sterlingfest Jazz and Art Fair.

I am a professional pianist with excellent sight reading and jazz improvisation skills. I perform as a solo jazz pianist regularly for private social engagements. I have held many positions in which my skills as a pianist or accompanist are desired (see above).
Teaching and other Professional Experience
2009 - present | Lead Performing Arts Teacher, Vocal Music Instructor

Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts | Detroit, MI
2008 - 2011 | Accompanist/Assistant Director

Roeper Community Choir and Chamber Singers | Birmingham, MI
2005 - present | Adjunct Faculty

Saginaw Valley State University | University Center, MI
2006 - 2009 | Instrumental and Vocal Music

Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit | Detroit, MI
2003 - 2006 | Vocal and Instrumental Jazz Director

L’Anse Creuse Public Schools | Harrison Township, MI
2000 - 2003 | Instrumental and Vocal Music

Summit Academy | Flat Rock, MI
1995 - 1998 | Band Director

Park City School District | Park City, UT

Other Positions Held

2010 - present | Music Director, Friendship Baptist Church, Detroit, MI
2010 - present | Private Instructor, Four Star Music, Utica, MI
2008 - 2011 | Director and Accompanist, Oakland Singers, Bloomfield, MI
2007 –2009 | Choir Director, Faith Church, Rochester, MI

Chris Taylor | Band Director, Park City Schools, UT (435)90-0015

Eric Swanson | Former Vocal Music Director, Roeper Schools (517)282-9252

Rev. Dr. Samuel White III | Pastor, Friendship Baptist Church (313)404-5499