Dan Cromeenes is a versatile musician who has performed professionally as a collaborative pianist, countertenor soloist, and choral singer. A southern California native, he received a Bachelor’s degree in piano and voice from Biola University and a Master’s degree in piano accompanying from East Carolina University. He first moved to San Francisco to perform with the world-renowned ensemble Chanticleer, and has since flourished in the Bay Area’s music scene. He has played for various opera and musical theater organizations, including West Bay Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, BASOTI, Lamplighters Music Theatre, and FOGG Theatre. He has accompanied for educational programs such as Young Musicians Program and Chanticleer’s Skills LAB as well as for masterclasses, recitals, auditions, and competitions throughout the region. Dan is currently a staff accompanist for Sonoma State University, Santa Clara University, and the Santa Clara Chorale, and works as a freelance accompanist and vocal coach.
Dan is often described as an intuitive accompanist and an ideal collaborator for vocalists because of his own extensive experience as a singer. As a countertenor soloist he was featured singing lute songs for Oakland Ballet in Graham Lustig’s Consort and is a frequent soloist for Bay Area early music performances, including Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Purcell’s Come Ye Sons of Art with Marin Baroque. He has performed as soloist for the American Bach Festival & Academy, including Bach’s Mass in B minor. He has also enjoyed performing Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Vallejo Choral Society, Bach’s Magnificat with Sonoma Bach, and both Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s St. John Passion with the Santa Clara Chorale. Dan is a regular vocalist in the elite ensembles Clerestory, American Bach Choir, Philharmonia Baroque Chorale, Bach Collegium San Diego, and Oregon Bach Festival Chorus.
In addition to his playing and singing, Dan has written multiple choral arrangements that have been performed by Clerestory, and he has assisted in preparing a performance edition of the Lyon version of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater for American Bach Soloists. When not onstage or behind a piano, he can usually be found on a hike in the mountains or at home baking gourmet goodies.