Dana H. Joras (b.1989) is a flutist, composer, and teacher living in the Kansas City (and part-time in Chicago) area. She is a recipient of the Musicians Club of Women Farwell-Trust Award, a winner of the Jonathan Myall Piccolo Prize and was awarded second prize at the 2013 British Flute Society Young Artist Competition. Dana graduated with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she studied with Samuel Coles and Patricia Morris. She completed her BM in Flute Performance at DePaul University under Mary Stolper. Dana is a member of Logical Fleadh, a six piece band that plays Irish and Scottish music with rock "oomph."
As a composer, Dana particularly enjoys writing and arranging new music for her flute quartet, ChiFlutes. Her pieces have been recognized and awarded in the NFA Newly Published Music Competition and Flute Choir Composition Competition. Her solo piccolo piece, "Quirks of Quarks" was recognized in the IPS Jan Gippo International Piccolo Composition Competition. Dana is also an accomplished soccer referee and can be seen in the middle of high school varsity games.
My teaching style is laid back and adaptive to every student's level and pace. My highest priority is to make sure every student is having a fun and productive time learning their instrument. Music is a very rewarding hobby to cultivate well into adulthood. I encourage my students to have a wide range of repertoire to practice, not limited to only classical music. I often branch out into Irish/Scottish traditional, pop, rock, jazz, and other genres with my students and encourage original composition and arranging whenever possible. Technically, I focus on teaching students how to learn a new piece of music, through sight-reading and practice skills.