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First NameLast NameBrief BioEmailPhone numberWebsiteStudio/Store Location, Serving:Offering Piano Lessons for:Teaching Styles:Offering Other Music Lessons for:Piano Technician/Dealer Offering These Services:Other Music Related Services:Address
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SteveAltemeiersteve.altemeier@gmail.com
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DanielAngersteinpipeguy@bellsouth.net8285511580All of Western NCTuning, RebuildingPipe Organ Building1998 Randy Dr. Hendersonville NC 28791
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FrankArgentofrank_argento@hotmail.com8282801307Asheville, Arden/FletcherBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Young Children, Elementary, Middle/High School, College, Adults, Lessons in your home (teacher will travel)Classical, Popular, ReligiousTheoryPlay piano for special occassions1 Sawmill Road; Asheville, NC 28803
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MargueriteBairdLong ime jazz piano studentmbaird972@gmail.com8287-285-2597400Wesley dr, apt 369, Asheville NC 28803
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WilliamBaunach(please use current one)willbaunach@yahoo.com828-687-9075Asheville, ArdenBeginner, Intermediate, Young Children, Elementary, Middle/High School, College, AdultsClassical6 Mayfair Pl, Arden, NC 28704
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Dr. DeborahBelcherDr. Deborah Belcher holds degrees in piano from Winthrop University, Indiana University and Michigan State University, and has performed as recitalist and collaborative pianist throughout the Eastern U.S. and in Canada. She has appeared as soloist with the Blue Ridge Symphony, the Converse College Chamber Orchestra, the Elmhurst Symphony, the Sammartini Chamber Orchestra and the Windermere Chamber Orchestra. Her solo & chamber music performances have been heard in public radio broadcasts throughout the Midwest and the Southeast. She is a member of the music faculty of UNC Asheville and is in demand throughout the Southeastern states as facilitator of the “Instant (Pop) Piano for Hopelessly Busy People” seminar. Dr. Belcher developed an affinity for the music of Latin composers including Astor Piazzolla, became an aficionado of Argentine tango and sometimes performs tangos joined by dancers on stage.deborah.belcher@icloud.com8282307343deborahbelcher.com &/or https://www.facebook.com/AshevillePianoExperience/?ref=bookmarksAsheville, Hendersonville, Weaverville, Black Mountain, Canton, All of Western NC, WNC & upper SCBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Young Children, Elementary, Middle/High School, College, AdultsClassical, PopularTheory, Music History. Piano Pedagogy.31 Killian Road; Asheville, NC 28804
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J. PatrickBolandPatrick graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in piano and music theory and composition. Seeking a somewhat different environment, he moved to Texas in the early 1980's. For years he taught at the San Antonio Academy of Music and performed in the great hotels along the River Walk. Upon moving to Austin Patrick co-founded 3 Muses School of Fine Arts, an artist's teaching cooperative where he had 55 weekly students. He also played the local jazz clubs. -- Patrick and Miriam relocated to the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC in 2002. Patrick happily teaches and composes in his studio overlooking the Swannanoa River and performs in the area. He specializes in jazz improvisation, and is the author of 3 books of fiction.jpatrickboland@gmail.com828-299-3405patrickbolandstudio.comAshevilleBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Elementary, Middle/High School, College, AdultsClassical, JazzTheory, Composition, Jazz Improvisation58 Springwood Drive, Asheville, NC 28805
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KarenBoydMore than 30 years teaching experience with children and older students of all ages. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, West Chester University, and post-graduate, professional studies at Mason Gross School of Rutgers Univ. Students taught have won competitions and have continued music study at major universities and colleges. Member of NCMTA and NCFMC.karenpiano@charter.net828-669-4869Black Mountain, Swannanoa and MontreatBeginner, Intermediate, Elementary, Middle/High SchoolClassicalP.O. Box 1292, Montreat, NC 28757
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AdlaiBoydRetired Presbyterian Minister and University Psychologistladlai@charter.net669-4869Will video performances and competitions as neededP O Box 1292, 208 Harmony Lane
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JudithBurganger TreerPlease see Wikipedia or YouTubejburganger@comcast.net5614879539WIKIPEDIA:Judith Burganger; FAU.EDUBOCA RATON, FL 33434Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Adults, Lessons in your homeClassicalTheory, PEDAGOGY2898 NW 26th Street
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Richard (Dick)BuryNo music degree. Amateur pianist for 60 yrs. Will probably discontinue performance within 5 yearsdickbur50@gmail.com828/285-2356230 Lovely Ln, Asheville, NC 28803
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KimberlyCannKimberly is a mother of two toddlers; wife of a double bassist & self-taught master of many trades; Eastman-trained professional concert pianist; sister of concert pianist Michelle Cann; director of Piano Lab Studios; and President of the AAPF 2012-2014 and 2017-2018. She loves Asheville and plans to retire here...but that's a long time from now. :)kcann98@gmail.comPianoLabAsheville.comAsheville, Hendersonville, Weaverville, Black Mountain, Canton, All of Western NC, FletcherBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Young Children, Elementary, Middle/High School, College, AdultsClassical, Jazz, Popular, ReligiousTheory, Composition, Voice, Strings, Percussion
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ElizabethChildmechild@windstream.net828-817-4627www.elizabethchildpianist.comTryon, NC and Landrum, SCBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Elementary, Middle/High School, AdultsClassical280 Overlook Circle
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WilliamClarkddawac@msn.com828-299-1619116 Sondley Pkwy, Asheville, NC 28805
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JohnCobbDr. John Cobb is an international performer and recording artist known for his broad interpretive range and technical command. The New York Times has praised his “solid technique, bronze tone and flexibility of interpretive style.” The Chicago Daily News commented, “the vibrations that filled the hall were less those of the piano than those of an exquisite musical mind.” Dr. Cobb has been presented by Artists International on their Distinguished Artists series in New York City and has made recordings of 20th Century as well as early piano music on original instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Dr. Cobb has performed internationally some of the most important works of contemporary music and has worked directly with many of the most influential composers of our era, such as Aaron Copland and Lukas Foss. While completing a Doctor of Music degree at Northwestern University, Dr. Cobb held a fellowship at the University of Chicago, where he pursued doctoral studies in musicology and held the position of staff pianist with Ralph Shapey’s Contemporary Chamber Players. He continues to perform a broad repertoire of chamber music and has collaborated with renowned artists such as Joel Smirnoff, former first violinist with the Juilliard String Quartet and most recently with Jason Posnock, concertmaster of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. Among Dr. Cobb’s orchestral appearances is a performance of the Samuel Barber Piano Concerto with the Asheville Symphony. As a frequent performer on the Piano Forte concert series at the Asheville Art Museum, Dr. Cobb celebrated Franz Liszt’s bicentennial with an all-Liszt solo program during the summer of 2011. Dr. Cobb is a direct musical descendant of Franz Liszt through his teacher, pianist Claudio Arrau, whose teacher was a pupil of Liszt. He presents master classes on piano technique and literature, and frequently serves as an adjudicator for competitions and music festivals. Dr. Cobb maintains private studios in Fairview and Hendersonville.jcobb227@bellsouth.net(828) 551-3810All of Western NCBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Young Children, Elementary, Middle/High School, College, AdultsClassicalTheory, Composition, Voice, Mrs. Cobb (Gwenn) is a singer/voice teacherArrau Technique training: using relaxation and body leverage in playing.58 Wrights Cove Road, Fairview, NC 28730
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MaryDartmarymdart@gmail.com828-275-1627137 Coleman Ave., Asheville, NC 28801
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SharronDavissharrondavis0911@gmail.com917-601-4329not professional84 Walnut St, Asheville, NC 28801
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LeslieDownsDr. Leslie Downs is active as both a solo and collaborative pianist. He has performed in solo, lieder, chamber and choral concerts throughout the United States and in Canada. He has served as music director for regional musical theatre productions. For 16 years he worked as a freelance pianist/teacher/vocal coach in New York City. He currently serves as the Music Director for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, Yale University, and University of Oklahoma.lgdowns721@gmail.com405-501-4035LeslieDowns.comAsheville, Black MountainIntermediate, Advanced, Middle/High School, College, Adults, Lessons in your homeClassical, Popular, ReligiousVocal Coaching20 Independence Blvd., Apt. 1
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Mike EmersonHave been taking piano lessons for 3 yearsemerson10036@gmail.com8287028515115 Alba Ridge Road
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BollingFarmerI deeply love piano music and took lessons for many years when I was younger. I recently returned to playing and taking lessons. bollingfarmer@aol.com703-439-8819Asheville288 Macon Ave, Apt 208, Asheville 28804
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SuzanFehrsuzan@gmail.com828)777-0061Asheville, FairviewIntermediate, Advanced, ElementaryClassical, ReligiousTheory1168 Charlotte Highway, Fairview, NC 28730
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PollyFeitzingerpollyfeitzinger@gmail.com828-676-0766AshevilleBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Elementary, Middle/High School, College, Adults, Lessons in your homeClassicalTheory19 Town Square Blvd. #307 Asheville, NC 28803
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david troyfrancishttp://www.barbarianrecords.com/biography.htmlpianoman9000@me.com8282755838www.barkthemusical.com www.barbarianrecords.com barkthemusical.comcomposition/arranging commissionsPuerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Keith FreeburgB.S. Degree University of Minnesota in Music Education and Applied String Bass, Registered Piano Technician with 40 years experience, Owner of Freeburg Pianos in Hendersonville, NC.keithfreeburg@yahoo.com828-551-0095www.freeburgpianos.comAll of Western NCTuning, Moving, Rebuilding, New Piano Sales, Used Piano SalesConcert Tuning, Piano Appraisals, Consignment Sales2314-D Asheville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC 28791
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RebeccaGrahamseawriter379@gmail.com8286930743Hendersonvillestudent421 Britton Creek Drive
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ShirleyGruenhutAvid chamber music player, New York native recently relocated to Hendersonville, NC, graduate of Brooklyn College (CUNY), 1st-time recipient of prestigious Charles Ives Award for Excellence in Musical Performance, studied graduate level piano accompaniment (vocal & instrumental) at Manhattan School of Music, has assisted at the Metropolitan Opera House studios, has performed regularly in New York, Europe, Israel and currently in Western North Carolina. Was founder and co-founder of several chamber music ensembles, including The Soiree Sisters, The Urban Stress Trio, and co-founder & Musical Director of Handel With Care.smgruenhut@yahoo.com646-413-1294Asheville, HendersonvilleBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Young Children, Elementary, Middle/High School, College, Adults, Lessons in your homeClassicalvocal coaching/accompanist176 Clear Creekside Drive, Hendersonville, NC 28792
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WandaGuokasPiano teacher for 25 years; retired and now a music lover!wandaheg@gmail.com828-505-0191Ashevillehosting small concerts11 Forest View Dr., Asheville, NC 28804
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ScottHaberkorn scott10069@aol.com917-359-348618 Stansbury Drive, Asheville, NC 28803
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CharlesHarnishPianist of 27 years, studied at Florida State Universitypianoman124@gmail.com(941) 447-6502Asheville, HendersonvilleBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Middle/High School, Adults, Lessons in your home (teacher will travel)Classical, Jazz, Popular, ReligiousTheory, Voice, Winds, FluteTuning150 Coxe Avenue Apt 409, Asheville, NC 28801
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ShelleyHartmanBM Piano Performance Mannes Coll. of Music, MM Piano Performance Juilliard, 3 years in the doctoral program at Juilliard. Performances at Carnegie Recital Hall and Tully Hall. Studies with Bruce Hungerford, Josef Raieff, Arminda Canteros. shelley.hartman1@gmail.com6463913769337 Unvdatlvi Court, Brevard, NC 28712
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Dr. AnnaHaywardHayward, Anna Haun was Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Piano Pedagogy Program at Georgia State University. Dr. Hayward has also served on summer music festival faculties for the U. of Illinois, the Breckenridge Colorado Music Festival, and the Musique Session Internationale in Grenoble, France. Sponsored by Alfred Music, she has given piano pedagogy workshops in the US, England, Malaysia, and Australia, and has also performed throughout the US, Micronesia, England, Germany, France, and Austria. She was awarded the "Master Teacher Certificate" in Piano by MTNA (1995). She enjoys preparing students for a career in piano performance and/or piano pedagogy as well as teaching students wanting to pursue their passion for learning.annahayward1011@gmail.com828 225 3801AshevilleAdvanced, College, Adults, Lessons in your homeClassicalTheory32 Ridgeview Dr. Asheville, NC 28804
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ChelseaHenley Collaborative pianist and teacher, Chelsea Henley enjoys working with many types of people, ages, and styles of music. She teaches all ages and levels of piano students, performs with singers and choirs, offers her services for weddings, plays various instruments at churches in the Asheville area, enjoys playing and singing folk and acoustic music with fellow musicians around town, and even plays piano for contra dances around Western North Carolina. chenley7@gmail.com8135453129Chelseahenley.comAshevilleBeginner, Intermediate, Young Children, Elementary, Middle/High School, College, Adults, Lessons in your homeClassical, PopularGuitar Collaborative piano, solo piano, weddings 116 Mitchell Ave Asheville, NC 28806
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JHesterconnylou66@gmail.com
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AndreaHeysandrea.heys@yahoo.com843-812-6292Weaverville, East Tennessee State University Johnson City, TNBeginner, IntermediateClassicalVoice72 Whitfield LN Weaverville, NC 28787
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MaryHolmesA fairly recent transplant to Asheville, I am an experienced pianist and teacher of all levels. I have a B. Music in Piano Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Master of Music in Piano Performance in Music History and Musicology from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Oakland University in Piano Performance. Currently I serve on the boards of the Asheville Piano Forum and the Asheville Chamber Music Series. I enjoy both teaching and performing.312mesh@gmail.com828.505.7008; 828.707.6353AshevilleBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Elementary, Middle/High School, College, AdultsClassical17 Forest View Drive; Asheville, NC 28804
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maryjohnsonI graduated from the University of Michigan School of Music in 1970. During my career, I taught music in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, taught piano in the home, played in some bands and now I play for RELAXATION and ENJOYMENT, purely! I will accompany folks, play background music in various settings, when needed. rmmjohnson@gmail.com8287754545Ashevilleretired musician/accompanist86 kimberly knoll rd, asheville, nc 28804
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Hwa-JinKimDr. Hwa-Jin Kim, (Piano) -- Dr. Hwa-Jin Kim was born in Daegu, South Korea, where she began her piano studies at the age of five. She was chosen to perform at MBC Television Station in Daegu at age seven, and she appeared as a soloist with the Daegu Symphony Orchestra at age 14, performing Grieg’s piano concerto in A minor. She won numerous competitions and entered the prestigious Seoul National University in South Korea on full scholarship, studying with Dr. Jin-Woo Chung. Upon graduation, she came to New York to continue her studies at the Manhattan School of Music, where she received her Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Dr. Kim has performed in South Korea, Italy and many other venues in Boston, Rhode Island, and New York, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Dr. Kim had been a youngest faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music. She also taught at Reformed Presbyterian Seminary of the East, and New York Bethesda Theological Seminary, teaching both piano and music history. She also taught at Brown University in Rhode Island.  After moving to the Asheville/Hendersonville area of North Carolina in 2000, Dr. Kim has been featured as a soloist in numerous concert series and benefit concerts. She actively works as lecturer, teacher as well as competition adjudicator. Her sensitive, beautiful nuanced interpretations are the hallmarks of her remarkable pianistic musicianship. -- Dr. Kim joined the music faculty at University of North Carolina at Ashville in January 2003. She is a member of Board of Trustees of the Asheville Chamber Music Series where she serves as the education coordinator. She also serves as the president of the Korean Women's Association in Asheville, North Carolina. -- Her husband, Dr. Paul S. Kim is the president of Grace Hematology & Oncology in Fletcher and their two daughters are in college, Grace who studies music and pre-law at Vanderbilt University and Kristie, at Duke University on pre-made track. -- Hwa-Jin Kim is the founder and director of Asheville Chopin Club.hwajinkim@aol.com8286819732Intermediate, Advanced, Young Children, Elementary, Middle/High School, College, AdultsClassicalTheory1814 Ellicott Lane
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DebbieLambertRetired Professional now offering piano lessons on a regular basis to those in my county. I enjoy having time for writing and crafting. My interests are Finance, Human Services, Non-Profits, Public Relations, Speaking, and being an advocate for our Youth. I hold certifications from Berklee College of Music in Musicianship: Tensions, Harmonic Function, and Modal Interchange Musicianship: Chord Charts, Diatonic Chords, and Minor Keys Fundamentals of Music Theory, and Songwriting. I am constantly looking for opportunities to enrich my musicianship.lambertd73@aol.com3364664398www.djscreativearts.comWilkesboro, North Wilkesboro, Millers CreekBeginner, Intermediate, Young Children, Elementary, Middle/High School, Lessons in your homeClassical, Popular, ReligiousTheory, Composition, Voice179 Raven Circle, Wilkesboro, NC 28697
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GaryLandwirthI am an amateur pianist with a deep appreciation for the instrument and its repertoire. My background is similar to many coming back to the piano after many years, having taken lessons as a kid and now having resumed several years ago. I enjoy getting together with other like-minded folks.glandwirth@mac.com
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SharonLawrenceSharon Lawrence has played professionally with a number of symphony orchestras: Virginia Symphony, Roanoke Symphony, Opera Roanoke, Richmond Symphony, Hendersonville Symphony, Brevard Philharmonic, Asheville Symphony, Charlotte Philharmonic, and the Rome Festival Orchestra in Rome, Italy.--Currently, she is playing with Greenville Symphony, Spartanburg Philharmonic, Western Piedmont Symphony, and is on adjunct faculty at Gardner-Webb University and Montreat College. For twelve years, she taught at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, teaching applied strings, music education classes and directing the Liberty University orchestra. She has also directed the Southside Strings Community Orchestra hosted by Hampden-Sydney College.--Mrs. Lawrence holds BM and MM degrees in violin performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University. She did further graduate study in Chamber Music with Joseph Fuchs of the Juilliard School.--Mrs. Lawrence is founder and artistic director of the Rutherford Chamber Consort, an ensemble of classically trained professional musicians, which perform great chamber music for the citizens of Rutherford County and throughout the Carolinas. Go online to http://www.rutherfordchamberconsort.com.--Mrs. Lawrence also directs Strings of Evensong ~ a performing ensemble, comprised of mostly the students of Mrs. Lawrence. In addition to classical playing, she is an experienced fiddler. She has played Celtic fiddle, bluegrass, and old time for a number of years. She has studied and worked with many world-class fiddlers: Bobby Hicks, Richard Greene, Martin Hayes, James Kelly, Laura Risk and Alan Jabbour.--In the summer of 2016 she completed certification in the Mark O’Connor String Educational Method under direct tutelage of Mark nd Maggie O’Connor. Also check Mrs. Lawrence fiddling at www.CelticWynd.com.violins@moonstar.com828-245-3282www.rutherfordchamberconsort.com www.celticwynd.comRutherford, Polk, Cleveland CountiesBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Young Children, Elementary, Middle/High School, College, AdultsClassical, Jazz, Popular, ReligiousStrings416 Holly Hills Drive, Forest City, NC 28043
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Ko Eun (Grace) Leekoeungrace.lee@gmail.com8653861369AshevilleBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Young Children, Elementary, Middle/High School, College, AdultsClassical, Jazz, Popular, ReligiousTheory, Composition17 Steele Ave. Asheville, NC 28803
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MichaelMatinmmatin@warren-wilson.edu828-669-818939 Timber Park Drive, Black Mountain NC 28711
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CarolMcCollumBoard member Asheville Symphony and Asheville Area Center for the Performing Arts; Pianist camcc27@gmail.com 828-252-850616 Deva Glen Road, Asheville, NC 28804
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SarahMcCoy Sarah McCoy is a graduate of Mars Hill University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano. Starting piano studies at the age of five, her teachers have included her mother, Jane McCoy (Professor of Voice at Warren Wilson College, Mars Hill University, and Lecturer at Montreat College), Karen Sorrells, Dr. Anna Hayward, and Dr. Teresa Sumpter. Sarah has been teaching professionally for over seven years and also loves contributing her time and efforts to the church and to the Greater Asheville community, often accompanying theater productions and choral groups. She is currently Assistant Director and Instructor at Piano Lab. Sarah is the front-woman of local band, Whym, and synthesizer player in Winston-Salem based band, The Collection, the latter of which she tours with a few times a year.sarahgmccoy@gmail.com8283019981Asheville, WeavervilleBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Elementary, Middle/High School, AdultsClassical, Popular, ReligiousMusic Technology/Transcription262 Old Mars Hill Hwy Weaverville, NC 28787
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John PaulMcDonaldJohn Paul retired from the faculty of UNCA in 2005 after having taught French and Humanities courses there for two decades. His degrees are in French: B.A. from Manhattan College, M.A. from Brown University, and Ph.D. from the University of Paris. Prior to his teaching at UNCA, he taught at prep schools and colleges in New England and in the Philadelphia area. In a previous incarnation (i.e., as a boy) he took piano lessons for three years, then drifted away. He supposes that taking lessons now in retirement (from AAPF member John Cobb) is a test of belief in reincarnation or simply a triumph of hope over experience.profmcd@gmail.comP.O. Box 8071, Asheville, NC 28814
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TedMcIrvineAmateur pianist with 16 years of piano study, 5 years studying clarinet, 6 years of music history and theory. Professional music critic with cvnc.org for ten years 2007-ongoing. McIrvine@aol.com(828) 215-6573Music Critic224 Cheyenne Court, Asheville NC 28803
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VirginiaMcKnightVirginia McKnight has degrees from Stetson University and Florida State University as well as a Certificate from the Neuchatel Conservatory in Neuchatel, Switzerland. She has made a career of collaborative piano including work at Yale University. Ithaca College, Cornell University and in New York City. Before moving to Asheville, Virginia taught and accompanied at Stetson University.In Asheville, She has worked as pianist at the Asheville Community Theater, Haywood Arts Repertory Theater, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater, Mars Hill University, UNC Asheville, and Reynold’s High School. Virginia has recently retired from her position of Organist and Music Director at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.charlesvirginia@bellsouth.net828-301-7378Accompanying/coaching; Church Organist861 Lakeshore Dr; Asheville, NC 28804
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JennaMelissas (Jaffe)Jenna (Jaffe) Melissas graduated cum laude from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a Music Degree in Vocal Performance in 1992. She was also accepted into two Masters of Music programs in at the renowned New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. ---She has been teaching private piano, voice, and general music, doing performance art, singing in most genres, dancing, as well as playing several different instruments over 25 years.---Jenna is passionate about performing Art Song, and working on a meditation CD. She specializes in teaching voice and beginning piano students with special needs.--- She is also a certified teacher of ESL at Asheville Buncombe Community College and regularly studies languages in her spare time.jennajaspreet@gmail.com828-273-2605https://www.facebook.com/manifestintentions/about/All of Western NCBeginner, Intermediate, Young Children, Elementary, Middle/High School, College, AdultsClassical, PopularTheory, Composition, Voice, Percussion, Music History, Improvisation, Recorder, Composition Arrangements, Diction, Drama Coaching, Energy Healing with VoiceVocal and Piano Performance for any Events112 Hemphill Road, Asheville, NC, 28803
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MadelineMorinTaught piano for beginners for 10 years in SC; now retiredsfdwwmom@aol.com843-324-5098Just Listening right now1 Shakespeare Circle, Blk Mtn, NC 28711
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PhilipMorrisonI play and sing songs in addition to playing classical music. Intermediate Level.offtherack007@gmail.com828-424-1167PhilipMorrison.us174 Academy Street Canton, NC 28716
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RuthNussbaum-BordenBachelor of Music degree from Wittenberg University, 1972 (piano performance). Studies with Janet Lehman, Sara Estrada Fletcher, William Walters, Robert Howat, Robert Wynne and Gabriel Chodos (piano chair NEC graduate studies.) Former faculty of the Center for Musical Development and staff accompanist for the School of Music at Wittenberg University; former rehearsal pianist/coach for the Springfield Civic Opera Company; performances for the Springfield Arts Council (Ohio). Faculty member (accompanist, piano instructor, and duo coach) of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, as well as NEC Extension Division (adults) from 1985 - 1996. Currently maintains a private studio and accompanies the Asheville North S.D.A. Church choir. Member of MTNA and served nine seasons as chairperson for NCMTA District 1 Piano Contest/Festival. nussbaumborden@bellsouth.net828-258-8369All of Western NCBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Young Children, Elementary, Middle/High School, Adults, Lessons in your homeClassical, Popular, ReligiousCollaborative artist, sacred or classical4 Lornelle Place; Asheville, NC 28804
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KatieOsbornLifelong piano student with a love of playing!Katieoz@sbcglobal.net82842411968 Niagara Drive, Asheville, NC 28803
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ShaneOwenbyshane@pianoemporium.com828-277-5566www.pianoemporium.comAsheville, Hendersonville, Weaverville, Black Mountain, Canton, All of Western NCTuning, Moving, Rebuilding, New Piano Sales, Used Piano Sales828 Hendersonville Rd. Asheville, NC 28803
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TomParkertfparker3rd@yahoo.com8287745327288 Macon Ave. #102, Asheville, NC
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AnneParkerStudied at University of Michigan, Wake Forest, UNC-Chapel Hill, Université d'Aix-en-Provence France. Accompanist at Mars Hill University.anne.e.parker@gmail.com828253789422 Colonial place Asheville NC 28804
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LarryPercylarrypercy@larrypercy.com828.685.294789 Fox Chase Ct, Hendersonville, NC 28792
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TaylorPiersonOrginally from Detroit, now living in Asheville. Specializing in jazz and popular music. tmadisonp@gmail.com2487632019Asheville, Hendersonville, Weaverville, All of Western NCBeginner, Intermediate, Young Children, Elementary, Middle/High School, Adults, Lessons in your home (teacher will travel)Classical, Jazz, PopularTheoryComposition, performance, film/tv, recording332 s beaumont st apt 4, Asheville , NC, 28801
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StephanieQuinnStephanie Quinn, pianist and violinist, moved to Asheville from Chicago. Educated at the Eastman School of Music, her teachers include: William Browning for piano at American Conservatory of Music, and for violin, Charlie Castleman, Eastman, Felix Galimir, Juilliard, and Gerardo Ribeiro, Northwestern U. Ms. Quinn has 30+ years teaching students who won scholarships, competitions, and also works with autistic children. Visit website for testimonials. Ms. Quinn is also a well endorsed composer and recently released her album recorded inside the Great Pyramid of Egypt entitled “SAQQARA SUITE (Inside the Great Pyramid)” She is also a Suzuki teacher and currently performs in local orchestras and special events. QuinnMusic@StephanieQuinn.com847-571-6655www.StephanieQuinn.comAll of Western NCBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Young Children, Elementary, Middle/High School, College, AdultsClassical, Popular, ReligiousTheory, Composition, Voice, StringsMy on-line Skype students progress as well as my In-Studio students.
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DominicRajagopalsrajagopal@montreat.edu
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AlexRawlingsjennyrawlings@hotmail.com828-412-3956student8 Indian Place, Asheville, NC 28805
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Paul RiceRegistered Piano Technician with forty-two years of experience in Maine. Recently moved to Asheville to be close to two grandsons. Semi-retired but willing and able to work if demand and opportunity arise. price@gwi.net207 721-2659ricespiano.comTuning, Rebuilding86 Stony Ridge Asheville, NC 28804
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CynthiaRileyA native Texan, Cynthia relocated to Lake Lure in 2006 after falling in love with the mountains while on vacation here. She holds a bachelor in music in piano performance from the University of North Texas and a master of music from Texas Christian University where she was employed as a graduate assistant in ear training. Her final graduate recital was featured on the radio. She studied with Luiz de Moura Castro, who accepted her for doctoral studies at the Hartt School of Music, but she instead decided on a career in nursing. She completed a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington and worked as a hospital nurse for 30 years and retired from that profession in 2011. However, she continued to perform frequently as well as study in Spain, and has performed chamber music with several Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra principals as well as a performance with the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra. She was a contestant in two of the Van Cliburn International Competitions for Outstanding Amateurs and was a semifinalist in the Rocky Mountain Amateur Competition where she was chosen to play in a master class with Yakov Kasman. She has performed benefits for the Hendersonville and Asheville Symphonies. She also plays at country clubs, restaurants, retirement homes and does house concerts. An avid gardener, she was a Texas Master Gardener and her gardens were featured in the newspaper and on garden tours. She currently studies with Judith Berganger and Marilynn Seits.cynthiarileypianist@gmail.com8284478886Lake LureBeginner, Intermediate, Young Children, Elementary, Middle/High School, Lessons in your home (teacher will travel)Classical306 Shannons Walk, Lake Lure NC 28746
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DonnaRobertsonDonna Robertson is a native of Indiana, PA where she received her early musical education. She holds a master's degree from the Eastman School of Music and is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists. As Professor Emerita of Mars Hill University where she was college organist, she taught organ, piano, harpsichord and compostion-theory related courses and is also a published composer. She lives at Givens Estates in Asheville where she continues her musical activities. donna.robertson444@gmail.com828 285 2442400 Wesley Dr. Apt. 357, Asheville, NC 28803
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JudithRodwellJudith Rodwell, pianist and vocalist, has a degree in Musicology and has spent four decades teaching piano and voice to students of all ages in New England and WNC. Combining Suzuki techniques and repertoire with traditional pedagogy, she particularly enjoys teaching piano to students of all ages. Judith teaches in homes in the Asheville are and in her home in Hendersonville and served as President of the Board of Directors of the AAPF for two years. She has taught preschool music, as well as K-8 music in the public schools, and has accompanied and directed church choirs. A soprano soloist, choral singer, and accompanist, she has given piano and lieder recitals and enjoys performing jazz standards with her husband, Robert.jtrodwell@bellsouth.net8286858548www.judithrodwell.comAshevilleBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Young Children, Elementary, Middle/High School, College, Adults, Lessons in your homeClassical, Jazz, Popular, ReligiousTheory, Voice, Piano494 Overlook Park Drive, Hendersonville, NC
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RobertRodwellRodwell, Robert received his Masters in Materials Engineering from the University of Florida in 1973 and, before retiring to Hendersonville, North Carolina in 1998, had a very eclectic career, as metallurgist with Texas Instruments, an operations officer with a small commercial bank, but primarily as a research metallurgist and systems programmer/analyst with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, CT. Currently he manages his wife Judy’s piano studio business. Offsetting a heavily-oriented left-brain career, music has always been Robert’s real love, particularly vocal and keyboard. He has performed in various solo, ensemble, and choral venues in New England and the Southeast, singing everything from oratorio to jazz, lieder, and art song. He is also an amateur pianist and organist, and has been known to play a smattering of Renaissance recorder.rlrodwell@bellsouth.net828-685-8548494 Overlook Park Drive; Hendersonville, NC 28792
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AnneRogers1958 B Mus Ed degree with piano/organ/voice emphasis. ----1968-1971 elementary school music, La France, SC.----1971-1979 private piano in home.----1979-2014 private piano, downtown studio.----2014-present private piano in homeannerogers@bellsouth.net828-258-0058Beginner, Intermediate, Young Children, Elementary, Middle/High School, Adults, Lessons in your homeClassical500 Elk Mt. Scenic Hwy./Asheville, NC 28804
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harryrowneyI'm a non-teaching amateur pianist,who grew up in an household which always had a piano as my grandmother was a piano teacher who played until age 94 and passed @ 96. I grew up in NYC and we always favored a piano made in NY, and still do.harryr201@gmail.com(828) 299-4253Asheville201 eastmoor drive
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MichaelRuizmjtruiz@gmail.com
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Gail AnnSchroedergail.schroeder@att.net828-298-4268AshevilleBeginner, Intermediate, Elementary, Middle/High School, College, Adults, Lessons in your homeClassical31 E Pinedale Lane, Asheville, NC 28805
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LoraScottLora is a founding member of AAPF who studied piano from kindergarten through high school, then organ and voice in college, has a Master's degrees in Religious Education and in Music. She was a social worker and a DCE/organist/choir director in Virginia, and soloist with the Ithaca Civic Opera and Turnau Opera in New York. Since coming to the Asheville area Lora has been soloist/section leader in the Cathedral of All Souls choir, music faculty member at Warren Wilson College, recitalist, and accompanist for violin and voice recitals. She taught piano and Kindermusik in the area for 27 years, but is now retired, spending lots of time at the computer for AAPF. She enjoyed the Scotts' old abandoned tobacco farm in the mountains of Madison County for 40 years. After her husband Ed died in April, 2014, she moved to Givens Highland Farms.edorlora@gmail.com828-669-3878200 Tabernacle Road F-47, Black Mountain, NC 28711200 Tabernacle Rd. F-47, Black Mountain, NC 28711
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marilynnseitsBS Music Ed. piano major, U of Illinois; In New York City: Jazz piano and composition studies with Roland Hanna & Jimmy Guiffre; Electronic music studies with Steve Reich & Philip Glass in Steve Reich's studio and on original Moog module synthesizers in Gershon Kinglsey's studio; Jazz pianist; composer; BMI Publisher & writer; Church organist; 12 jazz and New Age recordings on the CMR Records label; Music Together training & many years teaching piano.marilynnseits@mac.com15617194106mseitsmusic.comAsheville, Hendersonville, WeavervilleBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Young Children, Adults, Lessons in your homeJazz, PopularTheory, Composition, Digital editing & MIDI recordingJazz Duo or trio available for parties and events; Church organist; BMI Publisher; original music, original children's songs; recording demos; making CD copies & CD graphics;54 Eastview Ave Asehville NC 28803
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SuzanneSenaSuzanne Sena was fortunate to born into a musical family and music has been an integral part of her entire life. Her parents performed piano duets publicly and her father was a well-known accompanist in the Syracuse, New York area.----Suzanne received a B.M.Ed., piano principle, degree from the Florida State University School of Music. She began her professional career as a high school choral director and then taught piano for many years, maintaining a studio of forty-five students. Suzanne established a community theatre In Effingham County, Georgia where she produced and directed. She was organist and choir director for St. Johns Lutheran Church in Rincon, Georgia for twenty-seven years.-----In 1993 Suzanne and husband, Russell Sena, a retired music educator and well-known trumpeter and jazz musician, moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina. Suzanne was a child protective social worker for a total of twenty-five years in Georgia and North Carolina, working with abused and neglected children and their families. She was Assistant to the Cantor for many years at the Lutheran Church of the Nativity in Arden, where she played organ, piano and directed youth musicals. The Senas musical talents have extended to their two children.----Their oldest son, Craig Sena, is an accomplished trumpeter and artist.Their other son, Scott Sena, is a musical composer and arranger for several Disney venues.suesena@bellsouth.net828-696-4072Asheville, HendersonvilleBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Elementary, Middle/High School, Adults, Lessons in your home (teacher will travel)Classical175 Whippoorwill Lane, Hendersonville, NC 28739
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SusieShawSusie Shaw teaches piano to ages 4 and up in the West Asheville area. She holds the Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees in piano performance from the University of Georgia. She is organist at Grace Baptist Church. srwshaw@yahoo.com828-337-2094AshevilleBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Young Children, Elementary, Middle/High School, AdultsClassical
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NathanShirleyComposer & pianist Nathan Shirley has received over half a dozen national and international awards for his solo, chamber and orchestral compositions since age 21. He is heavily self-taught, but as a teenager was mentored in composition by Olga Harris, the last student of Khachaturian. Mr. Shirley's music has been performed in over a dozen countries around the world. He lives in Western North Carolina with his wife and children.music@nathanshirley.com828.659.8737www.NathanShirley.comAll of Western NCClassicalComposition799 Baldwin Ave; Marion, NC 28752
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RichardShulmanKeyboardist and composer Richard Shulman creates music intended to be a positive influence for himself, audiences and society. -- Richard has recorded 23 of his own albums as well as more than two dozen other recordings for which he has provided compositions, performances and/or musical production. Trained in the classical and jazz fields, he has developed a heartfelt language in these genres while focussing a significant amount of his output on music for meditation, healing and inspiration. He currently divides his concert schedule between performances of his meditation music and his original jazz as personified by the Richard Shulman Trio. -- Shulman has performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Art Park, the United Nations, the Kool Jazz Festival, The Amenia Peace Festival and a wide variety of other venues throughout North America and in Europe. -- As a composer, Shulman has created over sixty five pieces for jazz quartet as well as songs and pieces for chamber ensembles, choir, and symphony orchestra. In 1986 and 1987 he composed music for orchestra and jazz quartet during residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. From 1986 through 1995, Shulman was the principal composer for “Theatre of the Heart,” a cooperative of dancers, singers, and musicians dedicated to fostering community and the environment. Commissions include a piece for the Amherst Saxophone Quartet, and “May Peace Prevail on Earth” for singers, symphony orchestra, three choirs, and jazz quartet, created for the World Peace Prayer Society. In addition, he has created hundreds of ‘Musical Soul Portrait‘ recordings for individuals, couples, and groups. -- Born and raised in Niagara Falls, New York, he began piano lessons at age seven. As a teenager Richard played organ at various churches, was the music counselor at a summer camp in Canada, and joined a rock band with future jazz recording artists Thom Rotella and Bobby Previte. Shulman graduated from the University of Rochester with a double-major Bachelor’s degree in music (piano performance) and psychology while continuing to perform with Previte in the jazz-fusion band Thermopylae. -- While at Rochester, Shulman also attended the prestigious Eastman School of Music and studied jazz improvisation with Chuck Mangione and Marian McPartland, orchestration with Donald Hunsberger and arranging with the legendary Rayburn Wright. Shulman continued his studies in jazz with Frank Foster, composition with William Kothe and Lejaren Hiller, and piano with Yvar Mikashoff while getting his Masters Degree in musical composition at the State University of New York at Buffalo. During those years he played onstage in concert with such jazz stalwarts as Thad Jones, Eddie Gomez, Pepper Adams, Jerry Dodgion, Freddie Hubbard and Al Harewood, and recorded his first jazz album, Wonder. -- Local musicians he played with in Buffalo included Bilal Abdullah, Sabu Adeyola, Abdul Rachmann Kadir, Charlie Fadale, Rick Fadale, Greg Millar, Jim Kurzdorfer, James Clark, Peter Piccirilli, Joel Perry, Dan Mink, Daryl Washington, Junnieh Booth, Gus Broncato, Ron Mendola, Mike Migliore, Gerry Eastman, Lenny Reforgiato, Dave Alderson, and Richard Tabnick. -- After moving to New York City, Shulman played in the studio as a session musician with the great jazz rhythm section of Ron Carter and Grady Tate; performed with groups such as The Richard Reiter Swing Band, Providence and Crossing Point; and recorded and performed with the acts Mr. Spats (Steve Evans, June Bisantz, Steve Swallow and Bob Moses) and Bobby Previte (Lenny Pickett, Tom Varner & Dave Hofstra). The Richard Shulman Group, a jazz quartet, played regularly in the New York area and recorded the albums A Simple Gift and Open Spaces, and Richard also released the solo jazz piano album Solo Flight. -- Members of the Richard Shulman Group in NYC included, saxophone players Tim Moran, Dave Binney, and Marty Fogel, Bassists Dean Johnson, Greg Cohen, Lindsey Horner, Paul Avgerinos, Kevin McCarthy and Sue Williams, and drummers Bobby Previte, Brian Doherty and John Clay. -- In New York City, he found himself on a spiritual search which lead him to meditation classes. While continuing his jazz performances, Shulman began playing for the meditation and healing groups which he attended. His first recording incorporating some of this meditative style was the extemporaneous solo piano album, World Peace, recorded on the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. This album had been suggested by a healer who also showed him that he could create music for individuals for healing and alignment. These recordings became known as “Musical Soul Portraits” and have been a feature of Shulman’s solo concerts ever since. This work led him into creating more albums for healing and meditation, including A Higher Dimension, Light Music, Music for Magnified Healing, First Rites and Sacred Music for Healing Hands Volumes 1 & 2. -- While in NYC Shulman played in many venues including, Greene St., The Angry Squire, 55 Grand, The Village Gate, Visiones, West Boondock, The Bitter End, Hisae’s, Cousins(Brooklyn), Arthur’s (Hoboken). with many additional musicians, including Luther Rix, Marc Sganga, Charlie DesCarfino, Bill Evans (sax), Vinnie Bianchi, Walter Moorman, Drori Mondlak, David Gross, Jack Dryden, Martin Aubert, Lynn Seaton, Dore DiQuatro, Rob Bulkley, Jeff Van Nostrand, Warren Fioretti, Brad Gregory and the Vegas East Big Band, Michael Gaeta, Aaron Heick, Jack Bashkow, Arthur Kell, Mikko Mikkola, Ratzo Harris, and Ted Moore. -- Singers he played for included Maxine Brown, Rosemary Loar, Miriam Raiken, Pat Tortoricci, Elizabeth Hepburn, Pat Arena, Vickie Obermeyer, and Shanti & Valli Rajah. -- Shulman’s first two album releases with national marketing were Light from Assisi and Transformation at Assisi, inspired by spiritual pilgrimages to the town of Assisi in Italy where St. Francis lived. Richard then began groundwork for the 2002 project Camelot Reawakened: A Vision Fulfilled with a pair of recordings — Ascension Harmonics and the partially-orchestral Keeper of the Holy Grail — with “spiritual attunements” by Samuel Welsh. “Our research for ‘Holy Grail’ led me to the larger picture of Camelot,” says Shulman, who also took a trip to Glastonbury, England in 1995 to study the area. “I feel that the energies of Camelot still reside in places like the Abbey there and the Michael Tor, the sacred hill which is pictured on the cover of Camelot Reawakened.” -- From 1996 through 2005 Richard focussed on the creation of the CD and DVD/video Camelot Reawakened: A Vision Fulfilled. Inspired by an inner vision, this project follows the manifestation of “Dreams of the Heart” in music and words. The CD and DVD feature a 35- piece orchestra consisting of members of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, a choir, soloists, and Shulman at the piano. The concert and recording session were conducted by Robert Hart Baker. -- Related albums recorded during this time include First Rites and Music to Walk the Labyrinth. The Camelot Reawakened CD won a 2003 Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) Visionary Award, and the DVD was a finalist in the 2006 awards. The DVD has also won an Award of Excellence and an honorable mention in the 2007 Accolade Competition. -- In 2003, RichHeart Music released Shulman’s duo album with cellist Adriana Contino, who for several years was the principal soloist for the Stuttgart, (Germany) Chamber Orchestra. New Beginnings explores the delicate balance between inner and outer listening in free flowing improvisations as well as upbeat and lyrical compositions. Shulman’s solo piano CD, Music of Peace was released in June, 2006 and is music dedicated to and expressing inner peace. His 2008 release, 11:11 Piano Meditations for Awakening, is a series of tranquil improvisations exploring “Wake up calls from Spirit.” The 11:11 CD won a 2009 Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) Visionary Award for best CD in the meditational/healing music category. 2009 brought the release of Sky Jazz, Shulman’s first Jazz CD in many years, as well as the re-release on CD of “A Higher Dimension,” a meditative solo piano album expressing qualities of spiritual realms. -- In 2007, a concert with bassist Mike Holstein and drummer Sonny Thornton gave Shulman the realization that this trio had the potential to be a vehicle for original trio music. The Richard Shulman Trio aka Earth & Sky released Sky Jazz in 2009, and have continued to work together since then. A Youtube playlist of the trio is available here. -- After the completion of the Camelot Reawakened CD in 2002 and the DVD video in 2005, a friend sugguested a musical based on the Camelot Reawakened project. “A Dream of Camelot” is a theatrical musical intended to portray the changing of deeply rooted patterns in the Archetype of Camelot for the sake of fulfilling dreams of the heart for individuals, society, and the planet. Each song in “A Dream of Camelot” is an expression of consciousness in a process of maturing awareness. “A Dream of Camelot” has taken six years of writing and development to become the transformational catalyst it now is for casts and audiences alike. -- 2009 brought the first reading of the musical at the UR Light Center in Black Mountain, NC. The first full production, directed by Jerry Crouch, was presented at the Asheville NC Masonic Temple, March 11, 12, & 13, 2011 and the musical returned to the Masonic Temple March 29, 30, 31, and April 1, 2012, directed by Rock Eblen. More info about the musical “A Dream of Camelot” is available here. -- In 2013, Shulman returned to and enhanced his own musical stream of healing and Divine Alignment with the production of a new album entitled “Bliss of Being.” Although he has created eight albums of music for healing previously, these were all solo recordings, and “Bliss of Being” is his first ensemble recording with an intent of music for healing and divine connection. Shulman plays mostly piano on “The Bliss of Being” and a little synthesizer, and is joined by Adriana Contino – cello, Dielle Ciesco – vocals, Kate Steinbeck – flutes, and Bob Hinkle – crystal bowls to form The Pure Heart Ensemble. Bliss of Being was nominated for a Zone Music Reporter award in the “Best New Artist” category, tracked at #11 for two months on the ZMR chart and has been #1 on Music Direct’s “Soundscapes” twice and in their top 20 for over a year. -- Since 1998 Shulman has been an active participant in the lively Asheville NC music scene, playing at many venues including the Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, Lex 18 Restaurant and Moonshine Bar, the Biltmore Estate, White Horse Black Mountain, the Classic Wine Seller the Waynesville Arts Council, the Hendersonville Arts Council, Burntshirt Vineyards, and the Grove Park Inn. He works with two big bands on a regular basis, the Asheville Jazz Orchestra and Russ Wilson’s Nouveau Passe Jazz Orchestra and has performed with many bands and musicians regionally including the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Michael Gamble’s Rhythm Serenaders, bassists Eliot Wadopian, Zack Page, Daniel Iannucchi Bill Fauti, James Simmons, Sandy Boone and Shannon Hoover, drummers Rick Dilling, Justin Watt, Byron Hedgepeth, Michael W. Davis, Dave & Jeff Rudolph, trumpet players Rich Willey, Justin Ray (Michael Buble), Don Eisaman (Don Edwards), Woody Dotson, Andy Sorenson, Patrick Lopez, Ben Hovey, John Entzi, Charles Parker, sax players Jacob Rodriguez (Michael Buble), Todd Wright, Jim Anthony, Ray Spires, Joel Helfand, and Frank Southecorvo, trombonists Rick Simmerly (assoc.prof. Milligan College TN), Walton Davis, Dave Wilken, Bob Gregory and Alan Greene, guitartists Hank Bones, Chris Morgan, and Mark Guest, and vibraphonists, Paul Babley, and Jason DeCristofaro. Singers he has worked with include Timothy O’Keefe (Remembering Frank Sinatra), Jesse Earl Junior (from NYC), Heather Masterton, Wendy Jones, Paula Hanke, Sherman Hoover, Peggy Ratusz, and Amy Rae Stupka. -- Most recently Shulman has played “warm up” sets for Grammy winning saxophonist and composer Paul Winter as Part of UNC-Asheville’s “Ecomusicology” conference and for National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow, Sheila Kay Adams as part of the concert “Appalachian Holiday” with National Hammered Dulcimer 2003 Champion, Joshua Messick. -- Shulman currently is an adjunct instructor of jazz piano at the University of North Carolina – Asheville and also performs regionally at various churches, having held positions at the Center for Spiritual Living–Asheville and Jubilee! Community Church. He will be interim music director at Unity Center of Mills River starting in February 2015. -- Projects for 2015 include “Buried Diamond,” a new jazz trio album, “Snow Days,” a holiday album, “Indigo Fantasy,” a large scale piece for studio orchestra commisioned by Russ Wilson, “A Carolina Christmas,” a charity production to benefit hunger and help homeless veterans in Western North Carolina, and the revision of a children’s musical written in 1990. -- Richard Shulman currently lives in Asheville, NC and performs and records regionally and internationally. -- Richard Shulman – Spiritual Development and Integration -- Richard Shulman’s spiritual journey has been lifelong and has led him to seek the Divine in everything and everyone he meets. Studies in music and spirituality with some extraordinary teachers, interactions with others and God’s Grace have opened a gradual maturation of Divine connection and expression. -- What is love, really? -- In June of 1983 this question brought Shulman to a class on meditation taught by Hilda Charlton. Hilda was a master of bringing students to God and dedication to Spiritual Life by meeting them right where they were and opening doorways of consciousness appropriate to each student, working through archetypes of multiple spiritual and religious traditions. For Richard, Hilda was also a divine Mother, who helped him spiritually rebirth himself into new awareness and realities. -- By the time Richard met Hilda he had studied music for twenty five years, had been a professional musician for twelve years with a masters in composition, and he was working as a jazz pianist in NYC. His musical “vehicle” was fairly developed and as he experienced new spiritual realms, a musical language to express their subtle landscapes emerged in performances and recordings over the next four and a half years until Hilda’s passing in 1988. -- This process was accompanied by realizations and experiences which helped him know himself in a much deeper way. At the same time as he learned to love and accept wounded parts of himself he recognized the Grace that was propelling him forward, healing him, loving him and teaching him. -- This Grace took many forms, sometimes revealing Itself in a prayer of the Jewish tradition he was brought up in, showing the Life behind life. It would sometimes take the form of Jesus and Mary, or beings revered in other religions. He came to realize the essential sameness of the truth behind every major religion and the kaleidoscopic abundance of perspectives towards which each religion and spiritual tradition contributes. He also recognized the insanity that exists in the superficial aspects of the religions where judgement obscures the truth of our inner purity. -- The recognition of inner purity in all was to lead to musical expression as Richard further immersed himself in spiritual studies with two of Hilda’s students, David Pomerantz and Ron Young. -- Attending and playing music for David’s meditation classes and workshops helped him to become more present in subtle realms, to recognize spiritual opportunity and to hold Divine Presence in the midst of life. -- Richard’s work with healer, creative visionary and spiritual guide Ron Young has been multifaceted, sometimes as a student sometimes as a collaborator, with much benefit arising from from suggestions Ron has made which have opened up amazing experiences and numerous musical/spiritual projects. -- By 1986 Shulman was ready to translate recognition of inner purity in another person to music through Ron’s help and guidance. This musical / Spiritual work became known as Musical Soul Portraits and has been a continuous theme in Richard’s music for individuals and groups. -- In 1988 Shulman participated in a trip to Assisi, Italy led by Ron which facilitated Richard’s deep recognition of and connection with St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. This accelerated Shulman’s work with meditative and healing music in performances and recordings. -- A Musical Soul Portrait session in 1996 initiated a project working with the energies of Camelot to create a musical map of dreams coming true, including healing and empowerment. This process resulted in a CD, a video and eventually a theatrical musical developed between 2006 and 2012. -- Since that time Shulman has continued to integrate Spirituality and Music (both Jazz and Meditative) and to aim to maintain a Spiritual Life in the midst of everyday living, in relationship, through teaching, performance, recording, writing, business and through sharing what he knows.richheartmusic@frontier.com828-658-9604https://RichHeartMusic.comWeavervilleIntermediate, Advanced, College, AdultsClassical, JazzTheory, CompositionMusical Soul Portraits, Jazz performances, composing, arranging & recording419 Creekside Drive Asheville, NC 28804
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JimSimmonsjimsimmons2@charter.net82880835776 Sunset Walk; Asheville, NC 28804
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CarrieSmetanaB. Mus. degree in Church Music, Piano. Offering private piano lessons in Arden, NC.ccamp708@gmail.com864-617-7508https://smetanapianostudio.musicteachershelper.comAsheville, ArdenBeginner, Intermediate, Elementary, Middle/High SchoolClassical, Religious4 Maybury Place, Arden, NC 28704
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Smith, DMAO. Wayne Smith moved to the Asheville area in August 2016 from Kansas City, Missouri, where he was an active solo pianist, accompanist, teacher and church organist. His formal music study concentrated on piano performance (DMA from the University of Maryland, College Park). Piano performances include a solo recital for former First Lady, Mrs. Gerald Ford; a recital for the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (broadcast worldwide on Voice of America); and recitals for various Washington diplomatic occasions. Solo orchestral appearances include the Dallas Symphony, the Tulsa Philharmonic, the Independence Symphony (Missouri) and the Graceland College-Community Orchestra (Iowa). He has performed as both piano soloist and accompanist on many concert series throughout the Kansas City area. Dr. Smith taught piano for Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa (five years), and was a co-founder and piano division chair for the Music/Arts Institute, Independence, Missouri (twenty years) and later maintained a private piano studio. Wayne was an accompanist for the Kansas City Ballet’s youth outreach program entitled “Reach Out And Dance”, and was the staff accompanist for The William Baker Festival Singers of Kansas City. Wayne was organist/pianist for Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Overland Park, Kansas, and was a staff organist for the Community of Christ Auditorium and Temple in Independence.owaynesmith@att.net816522531732 Outlook Cir; Swannanoa, NC 28778
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EuniceStackhouseEunice Wonderly Stackhouse holds piano degrees from the U. of Kansas (D.M.A.) and Indiana University (M.M.), and a B.M.E. degree from Grace College (IN). She was elected to lifetime membership in Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society by the Indiana U. chapter. Her career began in Indianapolis where for 13 years she taught 30-45 private students, ages 4–adult, while accompanying and teaching part-time at the U. of Indianapolis. She then taught as an adjunct or sabbatical replacement for several other colleges-- as well as in the preparatory department of Carnegie-Mellon U. ---before moving to North Carolina. As a Professor of Music at Montreat College since 1996, she continues to teach the piano and music theory courses there on a part-time basis, while also gradually building up her own private studio in this area. She still frequently adjudicates piano competitions and festivals in NC and surrounding states. She has performed extensively in solo and chamber recital settings -- including solo recitals recorded and broadcast by NPR stations WQED-Pittsburgh and Radio Kansas. She has always been active in music organizations, and served for several years as a state officer for NCMTA. Her article on Louise Talma’s Soundshots was published by Clavier in November 2002, and she edited the first publication of Talma’s Three Bagatelles in 2003 for Hildegard Pub. Co. estackhouse@montreat.edu(828) 669-5479Asheville, Black Mountain, Montreat, Swannanoa, Old Fort, MarionBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Young Children, Elementary, Middle/High School, College, AdultsClassical, Jazz, Popular, ReligiousTheoryMontreat College, P.O. Box 1267, Montreat NC 28757
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JaneStearnsjanestearns@gmail.com664-9983200 Tabernacle Rd. F-43, Black Mountain, NC 28711
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michaelstevensPianist, Composer and “Steinway Artist,” Michael Jefry Stevens performs extensively in Europe, Latin America and North America. ). He was recently voted “Best Composer of 2016” by readers of the Mountain Xpress and was a recipient of a 2017 Regional Project Grant through the North Carolina Arts Council. -- He has composed over 340 works for both large and small ensembles. An active band-leader for over 30 years, his current working musical ensembles include the "Conference Call Quartet," the "Fonda/Stevens Group," the Hungarian "Eastern Boundary Quartet,", his collaboration with New Orleans horn man, Brian “Breeze” Cayolle, “the Generations Quartet” featuring saxophonist Oliver Lake and his most recent collaboration with Dame Evelyn Glennie. Michael has released over 90 cds featuring his own music and has performed and/or recorded extensively with many of the top names in Jazz, including Dave Liebman, Oliver Lake, Dave Douglas, Leo Smith, Matt Wilson, Han Bennink, Mark Feldman, Pheeroan AkLaff, Charles Moffett Sr., Dame Evelyn Glennie, Billy Martin and many others. -- He was the “Margaret Lee Crofts Fellow” for 2000-2001 at the MacDowell Colony, was a Centrum Arts composer fellow (2004) and is currently on the Virginia Museum of Fine Art’s Touring Artist Roster. Mr. Stevens was artist in residence for at EMU Conservatory in La Plata, Argentina between 2005-2010, and has taught at the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark, Sibelius Academy in Finland, Landegg Academy in Switzerland, University of Michigan, Indiana University, Middle Tennessee State University, Arizona State University, University of Iowa, and many other educational institutions in Europe, Latin America and North America. He received his Masters Degree in Music Composition and Jazz Performance from Queens College in 1993 where he studied with Henry Weinberg, Drora Pershing, Sol Berkowitz and Jimmy Heath.mjsjazz@mac.com917 916 1363www.michaeljefrystevens.comAsheville, Black MountainMiddle/High School, College, Adults, Lessons in your homeJazz, PopularTheory, Composition, improvisationpo box 164, Black Mountain, NC 28711
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TedStewartPrimarily an organist and secondarily a pianist: Church musician, School accompanist, Organ recitalist, Teacher of organ/piano, including college for 50 years. Now retired.stewart.smith@att.net(816) 305-103832 Outlook Circle; Swannanoa, NC 28778-9233
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RobertStrainPerformer (classical recitals, accompaniment, jazz pianist). BA in music from Shepherd University, MM and DMA in piano performance from Shenandoah University Conservatory, Winchester, VA. 10 years teaching experience at Shenandoah. Currently teaching at Asheville Music School. Principal teachers: Alice Fears Baker, Anthony Chanaka, James Douthit, Elizabeth Caluda.bobstrain1@gmail.com828-254-4365AshevilleBeginner, Intermediate, AdvancedClassical, Jazz129 Linden Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
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MarikaStrawMarika Straw began her musical training in Salem, OR, where she studied classical piano under the guidance of Eastman School of Music graduate Dorothygrace Bernhard. As a middle and high school student, she played in a jazz combo for her public school jazz choirs, accompanied several instrumentalists, and served as the church musician for Prince of Peace Episcopal church. At age 18, she was accepted into Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, WI to study classical piano performance. Following a passion for church music, she switched tracks to pipe organ performance, studying under Eastman School of Music graduate Kathrine Handford and traveling to Paris, NYC, and Philadelphia to gain firsthand experience of some of the world's most incredible organs. Newly relocated to Asheville, she is excited to pursue opportunities in songwriting, accompanying, and church service playing.marika.straw@gmail.com541-605-8562www.marikastraw.bandcamp.comAshevilleAccompanying, Church Service Accompaniment (on piano and pipe organ)185 Louisiana Ave, #4, Asheville, NC 28806
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JudySullivanDr. Judy Sullivan is an active piano teacher and accompanist in the Asheville area. Joining the AAPF in the fall of 1994, Judy has served on the Board of Directors for five years, as President for three years and Member Activities Chair for two years. She currently works with membership for the Forum. Judy's education degrees are from James Madison University, the University of Virginia, and The College of William and Mary. Dr. Judy Sullivan is an active piano teacher and accompanist in the Asheville area. Joining the AAPF in the fall of 1994, Judy has served on the Board of Directors for five years, as President for three years and Member Activities Chair for two years. She currently works with membership for the Forum. Judy's education degrees are from James Madison University, the University of Virginia, and The College of William and Mary. jsullivanpiano@gmail.com828.298.8037Asheville, Weaverville, Black Mountain, CantonBeginner, Intermediate, Elementary, Middle/High School, College, Adults, Lessons in your homeClassical, Jazz, Popular, ReligiousTheory, Composition64 Avondale Rd, Asheville, NC 28803
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TeresaSumpterDr. Teresa Sumpter is currently the Chair of the Department of Music and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Mars Hill University where she teaches applied piano, group piano, piano literature, piano pedagogy, and music history. She holds a Ph.D. in Music Education with an emphasis in Piano Pedagogy and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. Her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance is from Ball State University. She also holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from West Virginia University. Teresa has performed, adjudicated, and presented throughout the country. Recent performances include recitals on the Pianoforte Series in Asheville, NC, Carson-Newman University, Winthrop University, and Friends of Music Concert Series at Montreat College. She has been a frequent adjudicator for the North Carolina Music Teachers Association district and state piano contests since her arrival in the area in 2008. tsumpter@mhu.edu828-689-1308www.mhu.edu/musicAll of Western NCBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Young Children, Elementary, Middle/High School, College, AdultsClassicalTheoryMars Hill University, Box 6693, Mars Hill, NC 28754
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ChristopherTavernierChristopher Tavernier made his orchestral debut with the Tar River Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of thirteen, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on the opening concert of the Orchestra’s Fall 2013 Season at the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts in Rocky Mount, NC.----In 2014, he placed second in the National Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition in Kingsport, Tennessee as the youngest performer in the history of the competition, which admits contestants up to the age of twenty-five. In addition, Christopher won the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra and Asheville Symphony’s Concerto Competition; the junior division of the Charlotte Symphony’s Concerto Competition; the Concerto Competition of the Symphony Orchestra of Augusta Georgia; Brevard Music Center Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition and was a semifinalist in the Midwest International Piano Competition. Christopher was one of sixteen pianists selected from around the world to compete in this International Piano Competition. Additionally, Christopher was named the first International Perzina Artist in the company’s 147 year history.----Christopher’s concerto repertoire includes concertos by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev. He maintains a broad solo repertoire, including many works by his favorite composer, Franz Liszt. Christopher is also a dedicated chamber music player. Since 2014 he has performed, with the Rutherford Chamber Consort, a professional chamber music ensemble headquartered in Western North Carolina.-----Christopher has performed major benefit concerts at the Diana Wortham Theatre supporting the Mission Foundation “Ladies Night Out.” This is a wonderful collaboration of women helping women in a life-saving and effective way by providing free mammograms and health screenings for uninsured/underinsured women in our community. Christopher continues to perform benefit concerts including, supporting the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra and raising money for the Henderson County Hunger Coalition this winter at the Flat Rock Playhouse Theatre.-----Christopher has been featured on ABC affiliate television station WLOS, CBS affiliate WSPA in Spartanburg (Scene on 7), Carolinas CW62 (Studio 62), and Carolina Live NPR radio, and WCQS, Asheville, NC. He has published recordings in DVD and CD formats.bobtav@gate.net828-707-2604https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3atoGLS1O2acfz50_HqUcgHendersonville145 Mistletoe Trail, Hendersonville, NC 28791
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MelanieThompsonmel@thompsonadventure.com8282312110AshevilleBeginner, Intermediate, Young Children, Elementary, Middle/High School, Adults, Lessons in your homeClassical, Popular, Religious22 Chantilly dr
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JoshuaTjungietjhiang@gmail.com8283359898Asheville1401 Kenton Ln, Asheville, NC 28803
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SarahTompkinsI was graduated from Susquehanna University with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education. Since graduating I have been teaching piano and voice lessons to students of different ages and skill levels. I incorporate theory, technique, artistry and history in my lessons while teaching a wide variety of music and styles. I love teaching and I love helping students reach their full musical potential! sttompkins82@gmail.com5709824859AshevilleBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Young Children, Elementary, Middle/High School, College, Adults, Lessons in your home (teacher will travel)Classical, PopularTheory, Voice29 Wentworth Avenue
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LeonidTreerltreer@att.net561-487-9539AdvancedClassical2898 NW 26th Street, Boca Raton, Fl 33434
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BrianTurnerBrian Turner is an internationally-acclaimed pianist, composer, and recording artist who has been thrilling audiences throughout North America for 25 years. Brian’s diverse repertoire has earned him the opportunity to share the stage with a wide array of well-known and accomplished musicians, most-recently with American Idol winner Caleb Johnson. From churches to arenas, concert halls to festivals, Brian excels musically on any stage. Most recently Brian opened for rock legends Kiss for the first half of their Freedom To Rock Tour performing 18 shows for over 100,000 people in arenas across the U.S. and Canada. Brian began playing the piano over 25 years ago, and by age 12 was performing professionally for audiences across Northeast Ohio. Following high school he attended Ohio University, studying with renowned pianist Richard Syracuse and earning degrees in piano performance and pedagogy. He performed with a variety of groups at the collegiate level, from accompanying other classical musicians to joining larger ensembles to forming popular local rock groups headlining in clubs. After college, Brian relocated to Asheville, NC, where he has established a thriving piano studio in West Asheville and performs regularly as a solo musician and as a member and bandleader of Orange Krush, as well as with other local bands and ensembles. An accomplished composer of solo piano music, Brian’s solo piano album Ascension has gained world-wide attention and his music was selected for the official iOS New Age Piano app with over one million downloads worldwide. He has recorded several solo piano albums as well as recorded as a session player on dozens of records. Brian’s compositions have been featured in podcasts, online radio, and film. As a performer, he has shared the stage with such legendary musicians as Kiss, Sammy Hagar, Joan Jett, Cheap Trick, Jason Bonham, Michael Anthony, Michael Bolton, Clay Aiken, Warren Haynes, Cliff Williams, Artimus Pyle, Bobby McFerrin, Steep Canyon Rangers, Umphrey’s McGee, Gov’t Mule, Shenandoah, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Bernie Worrell, Marcus King and many others. As a recording artist, Brian has worked with Grammy Award-winning Producer Karl Richardson.----Brian is highly-accomplished in a wide variety of genres, including classical, pop, jazz, church and electronic music. His music is available on iTunes and most major platforms.brianturnerpiano@yahoo.com8282799729www.brianturnerpiano.comAsheville, Hendersonville, Weaverville, Black Mountain, Canton, All of Western NCBeginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Young Children, Elementary, Middle/High School, College, AdultsClassical, Jazz, Popular, ReligiousTheory, CompositionPerformance as soloist or group79 Mitchell Ave., Asheville, NC 28806
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Alden Ward & Kelly Ward-SmithWard Piano Co. Inc.Established in 1944 by our grandfather we are a 3rd generation family owned business. The business is run today by brother & sister Alden Ward & Kelly Ward-Smith. We specialize in restoration of all styles of pianos. We also have a wide selection of pianos for sale from Steinway grands to spinets. Come see us for all of your piano needs. aldenward@wardpiano.com828-648-4622www.wardpiano.comAsheville, Hendersonville, Weaverville, Black Mountain, Canton, All of Western NCTuning, Moving, Rebuilding, Used Piano Sales1252 Asheville Highway Canton, NC 28716
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Nan Watkinsnan_watkins@hotmail.com828-293-9237All of Western NCPO Box 661, Cullowhee, NC 28723
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AlexWatsonAlex Watson graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Music degree concentrating in piano performance. He served active duty in the US Navy as a keyboard instrumentalist in authorized military bands. He is an instructor and the Adult Education Coordinator at Piano Lab Studios in Asheville. Watson is drawn to Asheville for its beauty, tolerance, and sense of community. He performs sacred, classical, and jazz solo piano concerts and is a guest performing artist with the Blue Ridge Orchestra and Asheville Jazz Orchestra.alexwatson5@gmail.com2522365457AlexWatsonPiano.com Asheville, Hendersonville, Weaverville, Black Mountain, Canton, All of Western NCIntermediate, Advanced, Middle/High School, College, AdultsClassical, Jazz, Popular, ReligiousTheory, Injury Preventive TechniquesConcert Pianist, Accompanist, Collaborative Pianist, Studio Session Artist, Recording Artist124 Glade Rd, Mills River, NC 28759
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JaniceWinsonI majored in applied Voice Performance at Florida State University, having studied piano as a youngster in Miami prior to becoming a singer. For the last several years I've had the good fortune of resuming my piano studies with Dr. John Cobb, an extraordinary performer and teacher, and a gift to the music community of Asheville and Hendersonville.janice@winsonlaw.com828-699-3446140 4th Ave. W. Ste. 102, Hendersonville, NC 28792
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JanetWrightI am currently a piano student studying under two different teachers. I studied piano as a child and am returning to piano after a very long hiatus. I am enjoying my piano playing more than I ever dreamed possible. I enjoy playing with the Amateur group of AAPF in an attempt to become more comfortable playing in front of an audience. janetiwrightemail@gmail.com618-558-07053 Holland Mountain View, Asheville, NC 28804
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