Educator and woodwind musician Dan Liptak is a graduate of the Hartt School, and currently teaches band at the Crossett Brook Middle School in Duxbury VT. Equally versed in Jazz, classical and contemporary music, Dan has toured throughout Europe, Asia, Canada and the United States. Recent performances have included playing with the Middlebury Opera Company, Eleva Chamber Players, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and TURNmusic.
A love for new and challenging music has lead to dozens of premieres of new works for solo clarinet, concerto and chamber music by composers Judd Greenstein, Kenji Bunch, Erik Nielsen, Robert Carl, David Macbride, Sedar Mukahtov, Jessica Rudman, Erberk Eryilmaz and many others.
An active non-traditional musician, Dan led the 13 piece contemporary jazz group, APEX Ensemble from 2013 to 2016, performing instrumental music blending the lines between jazz, rock, funk, world music and chamber music. They sold out concerts at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Higher Ground and Arts Riot. In addition to APEX, Dan also performs with new music ensemble TURNmusic, the Big Bang Bhangra Brass Band and the Saturn People Sound Collective. Dan is an active private lesson teacher maintaining a studio in Waterbury VT, in addition to teaching instrumental lessons, concert band and jazz band at Crossett Brook.
Dan lives in Moretown with his wife Kate Noyes Liptak, and their three sons.