Passionate about performing and teaching music.
Dan Ryker grew up in Corvallis, OR. Music was a part of his life from an early age; singing in choirs, playing piano, musical theater, etc.
His senior year of high school, Dan unexpectedly lost his eyesight over the course of a month. He was almost completely blind for a year and a half. Then his sight unexpectedly began to come back. It was much better, but still left Dan significantly visually impaired. This has presented Dan with numerous challenges. One of them was not being able to read music any more. This caused him to begin learning to play piano by ear, eventually to start writing songs, playing guitar, & strongly effected his musical style & skills. (Dan's blog has more about his 'eye story'.)
Dan attended Willamette University for two years & graduated from Azusa Pacific University in music education. During these years there were many music groups & tours.