Dan Trahey is a renowned musician, educator, and innovator. He was instrumental in the creation of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s “OrchKids” program where he currently serves as Artistic Director. Dan also founded the El Sistema inspired program “Tuned In” at the Peabody Conservatory where he teaches creative composition and community engagement. As a tuba player with The Archipelago Project, he travels the world promoting cross genre performances and has performed for hundreds of thousands of children specifically targeting impoverished areas with little access to live performance. Dan has held orchestral positions in Mexico, the United States, and Germany. Dan received a Masters of Music from Yale, and a Bachelors of Music Education from Johns Hopkins University.
Dan’s past teaching experience includes the Baltimore School for the Arts, Idyllwild Arts, and New England Conservatory. He currently holds teaching residencies with the Innsbruck Musikschule, Tyrole, Austria; Nucleo, Acarigua, in Portuguesa, Venezuela, and in the Traverse City, Michigan Public School. Dan also teaches Music Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Creative Leadership and Composition at The Peabody Conservatory.
Dan is a sought after consultant for programs desiring to use music as a vehicle for social change. In addition to founding two El Sistema programs in Baltimore, Dan has helped start countless programs including Charlotte, Chicago, Fort Worth, Orange County, Allentown, Waterbury, Alexandria, and Kalamazoo. Dan has worked with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Lukes, The Grand Rapids Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Opera North, Philadelphia Orchestra, MusAid, SouthBanke Center, Liverpool Philharmonic, National Youth Orchestra of Belize and The Calgary Philharmonic.