Chair, School of Fine and Performing Arts
M088E Creative Arts Center
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Dr. Dan Zehringer is the recently appointed inaugural Chair of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Wright State University. He previously served as Chair of the School of Music from 2018 to 2022 and is a Full Professor of Music. Before joining the faculty at WSU in the fall of 2006, he had served on the faculties of Wittenberg and Xavier Universities.
Comfortable on stage as well as in the classroom, Dan served as Principal Trumpet of the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and he has held Principal, Second, or Third Trumpet positions with the Dayton Philharmonic, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and Kew West Symphony. In addition, he has presented master classes and recitals throughout the US, Italy, Greece, Japan, China, and Australia. His debut solo classical album was released to critical acclaim in the Spring of 2016 on the Navona Records Label. Dan may also be heard on the 2017 commercial/ jazz release of Horizon Sunset, on the #Bloomerangs Label.
He has shared the stage with some of the most dynamic conductors and performing artists of our time, ranging from pops artists Aretha Franklin, Wayne Newton, and Dennis De Young to world class classical artists Wynton Marsalis, Doc Severinsen, Itzhak Perlman, John Adams, and James Levine, to name a few.
Zehringer earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) in Trumpet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, his Master of Music degree in Performance from the Eastman School of Music, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Bowling Green State University.
Dan is an Ohio native, and proud Daytonian. His husband, Justin Mohler, is the chef-owner of Salt Block Biscuit Company, and together with their French Bulldog Sophie, enjoy caring for and beautifying their 110-year-old Dayton home, as well as vacationing “Up North” in Northern Michigan.