Dane Alexander Carten (he/him/his) attended Oakland Community College in Auburn Hills, Michigan where he studied Music Theory and Composition under Dr. Thomas Dennis and received an Associate’s degree Summa Cum Laude in 2016. After finishing there, he transferred to Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a focus in Vocal Music Education under the direction of Dr. Abigail Butler, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2019. During his time at Wayne State, he became Vice President of the student ACDA chapter, President of the Concert Choir, and Assistant Conductor of the Men’s Glee Club. Dane also worked with Dr. Arianne Abela establishing a chapter of the Social Justice Choir in Detroit, Michigan, and assisted in community outreach and advocating for a more equitable society. He also has performed numerous times with The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and professional vocal group Audivi on such works as Turandot, Messiah, and Porgy and Bess.
Dane has had the wonderful opportunity to work with children ages 5 to 17, and adults of all ages in a private setting teaching lessons in guitar, piano, and voice. He also created children’s choir programs at two separate Montessori schools in Rochester, Michigan. Before the global COVID health crisis, he was music/vocal director for the Grosse Pointe Theatre in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, including for productions of Mamma Mia! and Little Shop of Horrors. He moved to Tucson, Arizona in August of 2021 and is thrilled to begin his Master’s degree with Dr. Elizabeth Schauer studying Choral Conducting.