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Dan Colgan is a graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. He is currently the Organist and Director of Music at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Olympia, WA, where he has served since November of 2010.

He also serves as the voice instructor at Centralia College, the Men’s Ensemble Director of the Olympia Youth Chorus, and the Assistant Director of the Olympia Choral Society. Dan also is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and is the current Chapter Dean of the Olympia AGO (American Guild of Organists)

Before relocating to Washington state, he served as the Director of Music at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jamison, PA (2005-2010), and the choir director at Poultney United Methodist Church in Poultney, VT (2001-2004), where he founded the Poultney Area Community Choir in 2002.

During his time at Westminster Choir College, he studied organ with Ken Cowan, Diane Belcher, and Matthew Lewis. He studied voice with Scott McCoy. He toured the United Kingdom, Italy, and the United States, where he accompanied the Westminster Chapel Choir on organ. As an alumnus of the world renowned Westminster Choir, he has sung and worked with many influential conductors, ensembles, and soloists.

Dan also currently maintains a studio of private voice and organ students. When not being musical, he enjoys spending quality time with his partner Nick and his dog Bazil, watching the Boston Red Sox win games, playing racquetball, watching rain, improving his marksmanship, and brewing his own beer.

Dan hopes that as a church musician, conductor, and music educator, he can continue to spread his love and appreciation of music to others.