Bio

I am a pianist, piano instructor, vocal coach and composer. I have a knowledge of different musical genres such as classical, jazz, pop and musical theater. I have a Master's Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. When I was in high school I played piano in a Master Class led by Azdrej Dutkiewicsz from the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, Poland. I played Grand Valse Brillant by Frederic Chopin. I began taking piano lessons when I was seven with Kathy Rissler in my home town, and I began studying piano with Dr. Robert Larsen at Simpson College when I was a junior in high school. When I was at Michigan I studied piano with Dr. Louis Nagel and Antol Nel. I also took a vocal accompanying class with Martin Katz and a composition class with Bright Cheng while at Michigan. I studied piano with Doug Buys at the New England Conservatory for six years, where I learned the piano technique used and taught by Claudio Arrau through pianist and teacher German Diez. When Doug was just a teenager he studied music theory with Nadia Boulanger and piano with Robert Casadesus.

I've also performed popular music at some concert venues in the northeast including the Danbury Fields Beatles Festival with Beatles Tribute band AfterFab and with Best Not Broken we opened for bands Jefferson Starship, The Goo Goo Dolls, The Gin Blossoms, and The Little River Band. I performed at Chan's restaurant in Woonsocket Rhode Island with AfterFab and performed on keyboards at the last Vans Warped Tour in 2018 with Best Not Broken. I taught piano lessons in Franklin MA for 14 years at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, and for seven years at the Brookline Music School. I'm available to teach piano lessons online. When the Covid-19 Pandemic lets up and live music is allowed in restaurants and live venues I will be available to play piano at restaurants and for receptions. Stay tuned to this website for sheet music, merchandise, piano videos and tutorials.