National touring with the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra. Performances at the Kennedy Center, Maryland All State Chorus, University of Maryland Repertoire Orchestra
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"NOTE. Do not play this piece fast. It is never right to play Ragtime fast." - Scott Joplin
My musical training started at a very early age, as my mother propped me at the keyboard to start plunking out notes on piano. I started formal classical training at age four, and continued lessons until entering college. In elementary school I began playing the cello, string bass, and clarinet, which I continued through high school. I also began receiving vocal coaching. While in high school I joined my school's marching band, performing in their pit on the auxilary percussion equipment.
When I entered the University of Maryland, I performed in their Repertoire Orchestra and founded PRSO. Peacherine is now eight years old and is nationally recognized as the leading professional touring Ragtime Orchestra in the United States. We do national touring at performing arts centers, historic theaters, colleges, universities, and concert associations. Highlights include performing on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage in 2014 and 2015, the Library of Congress in 2015, and guest conducting the South Dakota Symphony Chamber Orchestra for a series of Charlie Chaplin shorts in 2013. I own one of the largest private collections of orchestrated ragtime, theater, dance, and silent film accompaniment music in the United States. I also travel the country as a ragtime pianist, and give lectures at colleges, universities, and ragtime festivals.
My favorite musical styles are classical, ragtime, and early 1920s-1930s-1940s jazz, although I listen to all kinds of music. I look forward to helping you with your musical interests here at Music & Arts!
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