Dana Huyge is a native of Central New York, having graduated from Manlius-Pebble Hill School, and played with the Syracuse Symphony Youth Orchestra under Ken Andrews. After receiving degrees in Music Performance from the University of Michigan, and the Eastman School of Music, Dana bounced around the region before settling down with his wife and two children near Oswego.
Prior to joining the viola section of Symphoria, Dana played with virtually every orchestra in Upstate New York, and held the Principal Viola chair with the Binghamton Philharmonic, as well as a section position with the Albany Symphony, which he still occupies. Dana can also be found providing musical entertainment at concerts and special events with the Clinton String Quartet.
Dana is particularly excited by the music of living composers. As a graduate student at Eastman, he commissioned and gave the world premiere of Boston based composer Karl Henning's Viola Sonata, Op.102. Shortly after graduation, he joined Gibbs and Main, the innovative string quintet from Rochester for their 2012 EuphoNY concert series. This series celebrated the work of living composers from New York State, culminating in the release of Terra Nova, a disc comprised of many of the world premieres given as a part of this season. Dana has also made many recordings with the Albany Symphony, which exclusively records the music of living American composers.
Dana considers himself to be a just as much a product of the former Syracuse Symphony as of MPH, Michigan and Eastman. The late Kit Dodd, his former teacher, was a stalwart member of the Symphony for years. He got to play concerts alongside symphony musicians through the youth symphony, and was inspired to his profession by the many terrific performances given by the symphony. He is proud to be carrying on this tradition, and hopes to have as much of an impact on the current generation as the former SSO had on him.