Dan Dressen

President (Member, Executive Committee and Board of Directors)
Elected November 2018; term ends November 2021

Dan Dressen is Associate Provost and Professor of Music at St. Olaf College in Northfield Minnesota. He has also served as Associate Dean for the Fine Arts (2007-2013) and as Music Department Chair (1997-2007) at St. Olaf College.

He serves on the Arts and Culture Commission for the city of Northfield, Minnesota, and on the boards of the Northfield Youth Choirs and the Minneapolis chapter of the Edvard Grieg Society. He is a former president of the Minnesota chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the Minnesota College and University Council on Music. He remains an active performer in opera, concerts and recitals. He was performed numerous roles with Minnesota opera, the most recent being the role of Marquis de Lisle in Dominick Argento’s Casanova’s Homecoming. He has a long relationship with VocalEssence as soloist as well as solo appearances with the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Schubert Club’s Summer Art Song Festival. He can be heard on recordings of Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land and Benjamin Britten’s Paul Bunyan and Company of Heaven. Professor Dressen is editor of a seven-part anthology series of opera arias by Benjamin Britten for Boosey and Hawkes and currently is developing a center for Nordic art song at St. Olaf College. He served as a member of the NASM Commission on Accreditation 2004-2009, as Associate Chair 2011-2012, and as Chair 2013-2015. Professor Dressen holds a Doctor in Musical Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Bemidji State University.
Updated January 2019