I've coached pianists, vocalists, and instrumentalists for nearly thirty years. It's been my privilege to work with outstanding students at levels from beginner to the college major. Regardless of age or experience, I enjoy helping students achieve their goals - some are beginners, some are proficient, others are learning piano as a secondary instrument to prepare for a college major in music. I've coached vocalists and instrumentalists who are preparing for auditions. What all of these people have in common is that they practice, and succeed.
My job is to prepare students to achieve their goals. I can't take credit for their hard work and dedication to detailed preparation. I've watched these students succeed at New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) auditions for Area and Conference All-State, Vermont All-State and Scholarship auditions, New England Music Festival Association auditions, and many scholarship and concerto competitions.
Depending on the student's age and goal, I use Bastien (multiple-key approach), Suzuki, or a transition from Bastien to Suzuki. Voice and instrumental students' repertoire is chosen based on level of achievement and focus of study. Theory, aural skills, history, and musicianship are taught within lessons. I also provide supplemental at-home computer drill as needed.
I'm a classically-trained pianist and accompanist with a degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music, where I studied piano with Frank Iogha and Ronald Tarr. Growing up, I was fortunate to study with Edward Hausman, a Schirmer and Damrosch prize winner at Juilliard, and Lucia Lawrence, a Catholic organist who taught me attention to detail at an early age. I'm glad that I had the opportunity to study at Crane with my mentors, Dr. Arthur Unsworth (theory, history, aural skills) and Brock McElheran (conducting).
While at Crane, I was the accompanist of the Collegiate Singers and Crane Chorus, under the direction of my mentor and friend, Brock McElheran. I've accompanied numerous festival ensembles as well as readings under Franz Allers, Don Besig, Robert DeCormier, Zubin Mehta, Midori, and others. My performances include the worldwide telecast of the Statue of Liberty Centenary opening ceremonies on Governorís Island (Liberty Weekend), the closing concerts at Lincoln Center (which premiered William Schumannís "On Freedomís Ground"), the 1986 New York State School Music Association Winter Conference at Kiamesha Lake, and the 1986 American Choral Directorsí Association National Festival (New York City). I have had the privilege to open for Dr. Billy Taylor and Maynard Ferguson and have played for Joan Rivers and Bob Newhart. I have conducted and played in numerous scholastic and community theatre productions.
I'm an instructor at Castleton State College, where I have taught theory, instrumental and vocal arranging, jazz pedagogy, applied jazz piano and beginning classroom piano. With over forty years at the console, I now serve as the organist for the Castleton Federated Church. I've adjudicated 14 New England Musical Festival Association Solo and Ensemble Festivals.
I've also adjudicated several Vermont Music Educatorsí Association scholarship auditions and have been a panelist for the Vermont Council on the Arts (NEA) Arts-in-Education grants. For five years, I served as the music director of the forty-piece Poultney-Granville Town Band - I watched it double in size and grow musically, too. I was the music director and pianist for the Marble City Swing Band (Rutland, VT), the founding director and pianist for the EnerJazz Big Band (Brandon, VT), and a sideman for many jazz combos. I've served as the staff pianist and applied piano instructor at Green Mountain College (Poultney, VT) and as accompanist for choruses and musicals over the years at Castleton (VT) State College. While music facilitator for the Rutland Southwest Supervisory Union, I was named as a Distinguished Leader in Vermont Arts Education by the Vermont Alliance for Arts Education. I also hold a masters degree in computer and information sciences from the University of Phoenix.
Please click on the curriculum vitae link if you would like more information about me. If you'd like to interview for lessons or coaching, please e-mail me or telephone (802) 287-1066.
I look forward to working with you!