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Who Am I

DAN SANDER-WELLS is a music director, arranger, orchestrator, and author based in NYC. At his core, Dan specializes in developing new American musical theater through high quality transcriptions, arrangements, orchestrations and demos at an affordable price. A graduate of Westminster Choir College, Dan holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching. Previous positions included serving as Resident Music Director for the Lyric Theater at The College of New Jersey and as Director of Choral Activities at Delaware Valley Regional High School. He has received multiple accolades and awards for his music direction from organizations such as the NJ Perry Awards (Best Music Direction, 2023), Bucks County Playhouse, and Paper Mill Playhouse. In addition, Dan received third place for the Dale Warland Award in Choral Conducting. 


As a music director, arranger and orchestrator, Dan is a highly sought after collaborator who's worked with artists such as Kate Baldwin, LaChanze, Freddi Walker-Browne, Kevin McGuire, Andrew Lippa, and Matt Sklar. Recent credits include serving as the music director, vocal arranger and co-orchestrator for the world premiere of RUBY (written by Nate Jacobs & Michael Jacobs, 2024) and music director and music supervisor for the 50th anniversary revival of the Tony award winning musical "Raisin" (based on Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun) starring Freddi Walker-Browne with Phylicia Rashad serving as production consultant (Mar. 2023).


Not confined to music exclusively, Dan's publishing catalogue includes multiple collaborations with James Jordan (Conductor as Prism, 2017, The Moral Acoustic of Sound, 2018, Intonational Solfege, 2022) and with Frank Abrahams and Ryan John on Becoming Musical (2017, all published by GIA Publications). 

Dan's upcoming projects include orchestrations for the world premiere of Lend Me A Chainsaw (written by Brian Christiansen, 2024) and the Texas premiere of the Off-Broadway hit KHAN! The Musical (written by Brent Black, 2024). 

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