Dana H. Joras (b.1989) is a flutist, composer, and teacher living in the 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 five 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 Illinois high school varsity games.
About Quirks of Quarks
"Quirks of Quarks is a fascinating and creative collection of vignettes that captures different moods and explores the full range of sounds that can be made on the piccolo. It is virtuosic in both traditional and avant-garde styles and is a wonderful addition to the repertoire for professional piccolo players."
- Nicole Riner, The Flutist Quarterly, Fall 2014
About Three Pieces for flute and piano by Cecile Chaminade
"These charming arrangements of piano pieces by Chaminade will be perfect for lovers of her Concertino. Lush harmonies and fluid writing are her trademarks and all three pieces have been skilfully adapted to show off the flute in all its glory. Highly recommended."
- Just Flutes, London, UK