Beerthoven Board

As a member of the Austin Creative Alliance, Beerthoven qualifies for many non-profit benefits including the ability to offer tax-deductible receipts for donations.

Until Beerthoven becomes its own independent 501c3 (anticipated to occur late 2019), the Beerthoven Board is technically an advisory board rather than a directorial board. However, it is safe to say that Beerthoven could not function in its current form without the many hours of volunteer service that come from its passionate and committed board members!

Daniel Swayze

Founder and Artistic Director of the Beerthoven Concert Series.

His playing has been described by the Jacksonville Review as, "Enchanting....crisp and impressive.” After an unusually late start on piano at the age of 14, Daniel began lessons with pianist Barbara Parker. He went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Southern Oregon University in 2011 with a degree in Piano Performance, having received all of the department's highest honors and awards. Daniel has studied primarily with Dr. Alexander Tutunov, Mark Westcott, and Gregory Allen and has performed in master classes with such artists as Jon Nakamatsu, John Perry and Nelita True. Noteworthy performances include appearances as soloist for Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Rogue Valley Symphonic Band and the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Southern Oregon University Symphonic Band, as well as an appearance in Carnegie Hall with the ensemble Siskiyou Violins. He has also been featured in the Austin Chronicle and the Texas Standard and performed on KMFA Radio. Daniel completed his Master of Music degree at the University of Texas in Austin in 2014 and is currently pursuing his Doctorate at UT in Piano Performance with a Portfolio in Arts Management. In his spare time he enjoys reading, cooking, swing dancing and, of course, beer.

Austin Howes

Director of Business Development

Austin from Austin! Raised in Austin, TX, Howes attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he focused in both Art and Computer Graphics. After College Austin went on to work on major 3D projects in Film, Video Games, and Architecture. His mastery of modeling has received nods from some of the industries leaders. In late 2014 Howes Co-Founded his first company, BirdHouse, LLC - a Start-Up in Austin, TX that offers 3D modeling and scanning solutions to local Architecture, Engineering, and Construction firms. 

During his first year as an entrepreneur he developed a passion for new skills including computer programming, web development, and team management -- focusing on theory of constraints, lean, and 6sigma -- This led Austin to found MImuseum - A company set to modernize and future-proof exhibit & artifact preservation, while increasing both online and foot traffic for museums. 

Usually the loudest (for better, or usually worse) person in any room, Austin is an extroverted individual who equally loves people, the arts, and helping others. 


Josh Straub

Dr. Joshua Straub is the Director of Beerthoven’s Craft Music Program, currently a resident of Austin, TX where he recently completed his doctorate in piano performance at the Butler School of Music. His classical training took him to festivals in California, Austria, and Italy, followed by one year in Antwerp, Belgium where he completed a post-graduate diploma at the Artesis Hogeschool. It was here in Belgium where he also studied the fine Belgian beer tradition (ahem… well, studied by consuming many beers there!) and began to imagine someday combining his love of music and beer.

Josh is a passionate educator and enjoys teaching group piano as well as private lessons. A presenter at many state, regional, national, and international conferences, his demonstrations have brought him into contact with some of the most influential, up-and-coming educators from around the world. During his studies at UT-Austin he served as an Assistant Instructor of Piano where he taught both group piano classes and private lessons to music majors as well as non-majors. He recently co-wrote a paper with cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Kirsten Smayda and music educator/pianist Dr. Ruby Chou detailing many of the benefits of learning piano in a group setting. This paper is the result of a ten-week group piano class for older adults aiming to scientifically test the ability for music to impact the brain. Dr. Straub is passionate about bringing music to people of all ages and all backgrounds and strives to engage the general public by making music lessons accessible and approachable.


Peter Nance 

Managing Director of Que Advisors.

Peter Nance has extensive experience examining major trends in the energy sector and working with clients to develop new business offerings using strategic planning and market analysis to effectively leverage their real competitive advantages. He has directed more than 200 consulting projects in strategic planning, commodity trading and marketing, risk management, financial strategy, mergers and acquisitions, technology and market economics, industry restructuring, marketing and trading, competitive positioning, and litigation support.

Previously, Mr. Nance served as a director of research and publishing analyst focused on multicommodity strategy, and he is experienced in business and project development; market design; market supply and demand assessment; business and integrated resource planning; and financial and economic evaluation in the natural gas, power, and refined products sectors with familiarity of the metals and agricultural sectors. He has extensive experience with conventional and renewable technologies, refined petroleum, products, and biofuels.

Kiki Corry—Volunteer Committee Chair

Katherine Bell—Graduate of the Business School at Columbia University

Rachel Anderson Rynders—Attorney at Law