MMHS grad Dan Masterman to perform March 9

Dr. Dan Masterson, Mt. Morris High School class of 1979, will be the featured artist at the March 9 Sunday Afternoon Concert Series, sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris.   

The recital will begin at 3 p.m. at Trinity, 308 E. Brayton Rd., Mt. Morris, and is open to the public. 

No admission will be charged to attend, but donations will be accepted to fund future concerts in the series. 

Attendees are invited to visit with Masterson at a reception following the piano recital. 

Masterson is currently in his 14th year on the music faculty at Bethany College, a liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and located in Lindsborg, Kansas. 

Co-chair of the music department and the Fury Distinguished Professor of Music, he teaches piano, music theory, and directs the college and community orchestra and Chapel Choir. 

He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois, a Masters of Music from Wichita State University, and a Bachelor of Arts from McPherson College. 

His former teachers include long-time Mt. Morris resident and retired teacher Nel Allison, Steven Gustafson, Paul Reed, and Ian Hobson.

Beyond his teaching, Masterson maintains an active schedule as solo and collaborative artist, clinician, adjudicator, and director. 

He is currently the president-elect of the Kansas Music Teachers Association. He recently completed a sabbatical with the topic “Composition and Technology in Music Curricula,” basing his activity in Greensboro, N.C. 

He will share several of his own compositions for the March 9 program. 

Masterson lives in Lindsborg, Kansas, with his wife, Carolyn. He has two sons: Aaron, currently living in Waterloo, Iowa, and Paul, a senior at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.