Dan Honaker


Hometown: Grove City, Ohio
Alma maters: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Baldwin Wallace University
Appearances: The Cleveland Orchestra, sub/extra, 2012-Present; San Francisco Symphony, sub/extra, 2015-Present; Music Academy of the West, 2016; Spoleto Festival USA, 2016; National Orchestral Institute, 2015
Instagram: @danhonaker
Musical origins: I started in middle school. We had an instrument petting zoo and at the end they had no tuba players and, because I was at the end of the line, I got the tuba.
Favorite piece to play: Three Pieces for Orchestra by Alban Berg
Favorite obscure piece: Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzchen by Helmut Lachenmann
Favorite composer fact: Arnold Schoenberg had triskaidekaphobia, a fear of the number 13.
Which composer would have had the best social media: Franz Joseph Haydn
Favorite non-classical musician: Jaco Pastorius
Best music to have on repeat: Snarky Puppy
What recording would you take to a deserted island: Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
Favorite non-musical activity: Cooking and making coffee
Last book read: Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Have fun!