4 pianists walk into a bar

Every summer at Garth Newel’s there’s a keyboard weekend. It’s a tradition that started before my hire, and it involves 3 pianists descending onto Garth Newel to join me and give the term “piano quartet” a whole new meaning. You … Continued

Baby pianists

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If you’re my age, (32), you start becoming surrounded by babies. Not only are all your friends pregnant, you can’t log onto your Facebook feed without getting buffeted by so many chubby pink things to like that they all start … Continued

String Envy

When I started college my closest friends were a cellist and a violinist. Come to think of it, they were my only friends…but whatever, they were GOOD friends. The type of friends that you walk 120 blocks with because you’re … Continued


What does “being successful” mean to you as a musician? You might answer many things, but I’m going to guess it might sound something like “being respected in my field”, “being sought after”, or “being the best at my instrument”. … Continued

The spotlight

I’ve been noticing more and more pianists saying that they don’t enjoy the spotlight. I don’t know if this is becoming a trend or not, it’s just something I’ve been paying greater attention to the more I’ve been thinking about what performing means to … Continued

The Harpsichord is Beautiful, Damnit!

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  The harpsichord is a beautiful instrument. When I say this, I’m not talking about its exterior appearance. Yes, there are many harpsichords with extravagant lid paintings or elegant decorations that are beautiful to look at, but when I say … Continued