Dan Hampton grew up in Waverly, Iowa, and graduated from Waverly-Shell Rock High School in 1983. Dan attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, following high school and received a B.A. in Music Education. Dan did graduate work in the 1990’s at the University of Minnesota and earned an M.A. in Music Education. Dan began his teaching career at Garner-Hayfield High School in Garner, Iowa from 1987-89. In summer of 1989, Dan and his wife Beth began a 2-year missionary program in Papua-New Guinea through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. During his time in Lae, PNG he supervised a Lutheran community center, and also served as business manager for Balob Teachers College, organized and taught a college outreach group, and even taught mathematics for several months. Dan returned to the United States in 1991 and began teaching in Montevideo, Minnesota, where he has taught 6-12 vocal music ever since. Dan lives in Montevideo with his wife Beth and has two children, Lukas and Aimee. Dan is currently serving as Past President of the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) and served as MMEA Choral Vice-President from 2011-2013. He has also been a bass section leader for
MMEA All-State Choirs on five occasions. Dan served as one of the coordinating team members and a section leader for the ACDA-MN Eric Whitacre Extravaganza and served for several years as the ACDA-
MN Graduate Credit Coordinator. Dan was named as Montevideo Teacher of the Year in 2003-4 and the Montevideo Concert Choir was a featured choir on the 2009 Choral Arts Finale program sponsored through Concordia University. He is a member of NEA, NAfME/MMEA, ACDA, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Kappa Lambda, and the National Society of High School Scholars.