A native of Moore, Oklahoma, Danny Calhoun, NCTM, received his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, Summa Cum Laude, from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1994. While at OBU, he received numerous scholarships and awards including a Presidential Honor Scholarship, keyboard talentship, and induction into the national music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda. In addition, he received the prestigious Presser Scholarship and designation as the Outstanding Senior in Music. In 1996, he received his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance with a minor in musicology from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. During his tenure at UNT, Mr. Calhoun received a Teaching Fellowship at the university. Mr. Calhoun's formal education also includes doctoral studies in piano performance at the University of Oklahoma.
Mr. Calhoun’s successes as a performer have been wide and varied. In addition to numerous recitals throughout his studies, he was selected by audition to perform three consecutive years in OBU’s prestigious Concerto-Aria concert, was named as a winner in the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association’s Junior/Senior auditions, and most recently won the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association’s Graduate level audition. He has studied with Dr. Ron Lewis and Dr. Jack Roberts, and most recently with Dr. Jane Magrath.
Mr. Calhoun’s teaching experience began while he was a student at OBU. There he taught private piano through the university’s preparatory department. While at UNT, he taught class piano and gave private lessons as part of his teaching fellowship. From 1996 to 1998 he taught private piano for music majors and non-music majors at OU in conjunction with his graduate assistantship. In addition, he taught over 30 students ranging from beginners through adults at private studios in Norman. From 1998 to 2001, he and his wife maintained a full private studio in Stillwater, OK. They currently have private studios in Owasso, OK. Mr. Calhoun is an active member and Treasurer of the Tulsa Accredited Music Teachers Association. He is also a member of the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association and serves as East District Co-President for the organization. He is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and became a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in 2010.
Danny and DeAnna have been performing as a two-piano team for the past 10 years. They have performed concerts featuring classical, sacred, or combined repertoire for churches, universities, music organizations and clubs, and retirement communities throughout Oklahoma. They have three children Andrew, Taylor, and Evan, and are active members of Friendship Baptist Church in Owasso. In 2008, they released their debut album, “Praise to the Lord” which consists of the couple's own arrangements of hymns, choruses, and inspirational songs for two pianos.