Home      Calendar      About       Donate       Register       Pay Bill       E-News       Contact       Search

Hochstein Music Theory Faculty - Daniel Sawler

Department: Music Theory

Joined Hochstein Faculty in: 2020 - 2023


Born in Rochester, New York, Daniel Sawler is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music with both a bachelor’s degree in composition, graduating with distinction (2018), and a master’s in music theory pedagogy (2020). In addition to teaching at Hochstein, Daniel has also been teaching music theory and composition at Eastman Community Music School (ECMS) since 2013 and has since developed the school’s counterpoint curriculum. In addition to teaching at ECMS, he also teaches music theory and aural skills for Eastman Experience: Summer Classical Studies.

Sawler has received the Bernard Rogers Memorial Prize (2018) and was a finalist in the BMI Young Composers Competition (2017). He studied composition under Oliver Schneller, David Liptak, Robert Morris, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, and Margaret Henry. He has also participated in masterclasses with Jo Kondo and Juan Trigos and worked collaboratively with Musica Nova and ESM/ECMS faculty including Carol Rodland, Pia Liptak, and Howard Spindler. 

In addition to his studies in composition and music theory, he studied piano performance under classical/jazz pianist Tony Caramia at Eastman as well as Matthew Robey of ECMS.

Sawler’s research interests include theory pedagogy through the lens of Comprehensive-Musicianship, especially with regard to pre-collegiate education, and the application of Schenkerian analysis to the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff. He has developed music theory courses which include additional discussions of history, politics, jazz, pop, film music, and composition with the goals of diversifying his student’s understanding of Western music theory.


More About Daniel Sawler

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Favorite movie AND book: The Lord of the Rings trilogy

Favorite composer: Debussy

What people would be surprised to know about me: I build computers!