Roosevelt University – Chicago, IL (music performance)
Roosevelt University – Chicago, IL (Master's)
I have world class performing experience from playing concerts and touring Europe and performing across the United States. I have played cello in concerts with orchestras in some of the most important halls of Europe as well as the U.S. I have performed as an organist (and pianist) in both Europe and the U.S. with experience as well as a church music director. This all-encompassing background has included instrumental playing (as listed above), composing- arranging, conducting and working with musicians from the freshest beginner to accomplished professionals. I have had great mentoring-training from outstanding musicians, yet have also found a lot by self-discovery as my career has gone from the early days out of school to having played for years.
I have a deep knowledge of Music Theory, History and Ear Training. I have been able to help even those who were "tone deaf" to begin to make progress. Those who work with me know that I combine a great sense of humor and compassion with the knowledge of how to get you where "you want to go".
As a bonus, I have worked in FINALE notation for years and use this skill sometime to "custom-fit" exercises / studies or even arrangements of music to help you get farther faster. I have world class performing experience from playing concerts and touring Europe and performing across the United States. I have played cello in concerts with orchestras in some of the most important halls of Europe as well as the U.S. I have performed as an organist (and pianist) in both Europe and the U.S. with experience as well as a church
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I have performed as a free-lance cellist in Chicago for 30 years in such venues as Orchestra Hall / Grant Park Music Festival / Ravinia Festival / with Joffrey Ballet and more.
I have an outstanding ear for music. At the same time, my ability to play "by ear" has sometimes caused me to have a breakdown in the connection between reading printed music and making it "happen" either at a keyboard or at another instrument. I have worked extensively with sight-singing, score-reading and dictation to strengthen my own skills and am eager to help you with your own challenges
I have vast experience as a performer, including touring Europe, recording and playing concerts in many world-famous halls.
Those experiences are with BOTH the cello and on keyboard instruments. I also have a deep knowledge and experience with helping students with Ear Training, Theory and Music History.
I have always been recognized as a "whiz" at Music History. I have much to share and a career of music I have experienced which goes with knowledge of how the Art of (Classical) Music has unfolded over Centuries. I have a deep knowledge of Music Theory, History and Ear Training. I have been able to help even those who were "tone deaf" to begin to make progress.
I "breezed through" Music Theory in Music School. I found that a knowledge of Theory gave me an understanding of what I heard and perceived in music as it was played. I can help you from learning about scales and triads up through Form and Analysis.
I have performed professionally in the Chicago Metro region on both Piano and Organ for about 30 years. These include venues such as Orchestra Hall / Grant Park Music Festival and as director of Music at various churches.
I learned to sight-sing by a man who studied this at the Paris Conservatory. His instruction turned my sight-reading around as a young adult. I can help others as well.