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Caribbean Music: Steel Drum Bands

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Enjoy the warm sounds of the Caribbean with two steel drum bands, the Jim Royale Drum Studio A Team and the Silver Steel Band. The lively vibe of Caribbean favorites as well as Soca- and Calypso-styled music from Trinidad and Tobago bring the islands to Westport.

Community partner and venue: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

 

The Jim Royle Drum Studio A Team is a collective of teachers, performers and composers. They have performed at both the national and international level, including such venues as The Teatro Sociale di Soresina in Soncino Italy, The Sforzata, Laventille, and Golden Hands pan yards in Trinidad and Tobago, The International School in Beijing and 9 beats music academy in Tianjin China, and the Royal Academy of Music in London England. Our A team is by audition only and is our highest level ensemble at the studio. Although performing steel drums today, they is well versed in all concert percussion where every year our students place in Western Region and All State festivals. Many of the students in this group go onto study percussion in college and work their way to successful careers in music.

The award-winning Silver Steel Band is a Steel Drum Band based in Bridgeport, CT, directed by Jim Royle of Jim Royle Drum Studios. They play many Caribbean favorites, as well as Soca and Calypso-styled music from Trinidad and Tobago. They have performed all over CT including the Oyster Festival, The Newtown Labor Day Parade, where they won the parades highest award! This past April they traveled to Trinidad and performed at the birth place of the steel drum! 
 

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WestportREADS 2018: West Point Glee Club with Music of WWI

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The West Point Glee Club, one of the U.S. Military Academy’s most visible cadet organizations, performs music and writings from WWI. For over one hundred years, its members have touched audiences around the world with a model depiction of the Corps of Cadets through live performance in the nation’s finest concert halls, national network and feature film appearances, and recordings. The Glee Club enhances life at West Point through its traditional ceremonial duties and represents West Point and the U.S. Army at official events.

Community partner and venue: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Under the direction of Constance Chase, the Glee Club’s recent seasons included the Kennedy Center special Taking the Stage, aired on ABC, in which they appeared with Tom Hanks, GEN Colin Powell and six living original Tuskegee Airmen, and the Carnegie Hall premiere of Jake Runestad’s Dreams of the Fallen. The Glee Club travels throughout the United States appearing at venues as diverse as Lincoln Center, Tanglewood Music Center, Library of Congress, Kansas City’s Kauffman Center, New York Public Library, Grand Ole Opry, Madison Square Garden and Soldier Field. The Glee Club has performed with such renowned ensembles as the Boston Pops, New York Pops, U.S. Marine Band ”The President’s Own,” and Opera Orchestra of New York. The group has recorded with country artist Trace Adkins, also appearing with him on the CBS ACM Awards national broadcast, with crossover pianist Marina Arsenijivec in a PBS special “Marina at West Point: Unity through Diversity,” and with Tony-award winner Lea Salonga in the DVD “Stand Ye Steady.” 

Since 2010, the accompanist has been Andrea Shaut. More on Andrea...

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

West Point Glee Club Director Constance Chase has conducted the renowned college choir in the nation’s finest concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She has directed the Glee Club in national concert tours and many recordings, including closing credits for We Were Soldiers (Paramount), Stand Ye Steady (Curtain Call) with Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, Marina at West Point: Unity through Diversity (PBS) with cross-over pianist Marina Arsenijivec, ‘Til the Last Shot’s Fired (Capitol) with country artist Trace Adkins, which they performed live with Mr. Adkins at the 2009 ACM Awards Show, and the CDs “Voice of the Corps” and “Live at Notre Dame.” Under her preparation, the Glee Club garnered  New York Times’ critical praise for its “robust and well-prepared singing” in a 2008 Carnegie Hall performance with Opera Orchestra of New York, Eve Queler, Director, of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride. Recent guest conductor appearances include Symphony of the Americas and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Artistic Director of Connecticut Chamber Choir since 2008, Ms. Chase conducted CCC’s 2016 U.S. premiere of Donald Fraser’s stunning new arrangement for chamber choir and string orchestra of Elgar’s Sea Pictures, its2011 New York City debut at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 2015 appearance at the inaugural ChoralfestUSA at Symphony Space, and biannual performances of major works including J.S. Bach Magnificat, Haydn Paukenmesse and Lord Nelson Mass, Fauré and Duruflé Requiems, Bernstein MASS, chamber works spanning the sixteenth to twenty-first centuries, and most recently, Illumination: Early Cantatas of J.S. Bach with the period instrument consort, The Sebastians. Ms. Chase is an adjunct professor in applied voice at Western Connecticut State University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts. A lyric soprano and accomplished soloist in recital and chamber works, Ms. Chase has performed as a choral artist under the batons of Gerard Schwarz, Louis Langree, Nicholas McGegan, and Jane Glover. She presents workshops on the voice regionally and across the country for ACDA and NATS. Ms. Chase earned the B.M., magna cum laude, from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Zertifikat from Goethe Institut, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, and M.A. in Voice Performance from Hunter College-City University of New York where she was awarded the Agnes Duffy Prize. She is co-author with the late Shirlee Emmons of Prescriptions for Choral Excellence, Oxford University Press (2006).

Andrea Shaut is a prominent musician in the Hudson Valley music scene. Since graduating with a Music Performance degree from Ithaca College and moving to Kingston NY, she has established a demanding and diverse schedule of musical performances and a private teaching studio with students of all ages/levels.

Andrea has been accompanist for the prestigious West Point Military Academy Glee Club since 2010. With this talented choir, she has had the opportunity to perform across the country at renowned theater venues, hospitals, stadiums, and schools. A few noted performances include Louisiana Governor’s Inauguration, an NFL-sponsored Super Bowl party opening for Blake Shelton & Jon Stewart, performing with Trace Adkins at The Grand Ole Opry, a recording session at the world famous Skywalker Sound in California, and performances at George Washington University, Ellis Island, Tiger Woods Nike Theater in Portland Oregon, and West Point’s own Eisenhower Hall. Other accompanying highlights have been performing Carmina Burana with Ars Choralis at Opus 40, traveling abroad (Hungary, Italy, Austria) with the Hudson Valley Youth Chorale, accompanying musicians at Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, and collaborating with many professional musicians for concert recitals. Andrea also enjoys accompanying and coaching young musicians for competitions and recitals, as well as for local school choirs.
Andrea founded the Hudson Valley Recital Project, a recital series featuring professional and student musicians, with the mission to strengthen community and education through music. Recitals are held every two months and feature Andrea as director and accompanist. Each event is a themed evening with music, dance, art, food, drink. Past events have included Journey Through the Senses, An Italian Dinner Show, and Women in Music.
As a concert pianist, Andrea has performed as soloist with SUNY Ulster Wind Ensemble and regularly performs solo recitals and as a guest artist/speaker. In 2014, she released her debut CD, Simple Beauty, a collection of solo piano music dedicated to the memory of her grandmother. Other regular groups are The Father/Daughter duo, The Shaut Three-O, and new solo projects – Raggedy Andi and Classical TeaTime. Andrea is also on the Adjunct Faculty at SUNY Ulster, where she teaches piano.
 

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Professor and Musicologist Jack Sullivan on “New Orleans Remix”

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Since the 1990s, New Orleans has been experiencing its greatest musical renaissance since Louis Armstrong. Brass band, funk, hip hop, Mardi Gras Indian, zydeco, and other styles are rocking the city in new neighborhood bars far from the Bourbon Street tourist scene. In New Orleans Remix, Jack Sullivan shines the light on superb artists little known to the general public, and he introduces a surge of female, Asian and other previously marginalized groups that are making the vibe more inclusive than ever.

Dr. Sullivan's specialties include 18th- and 20th-century American literature, music and film. He has published six books and has written for Opera, The New York Times, Washington Post, Newsday and USA Today. He teaches a variety of subjects, including several in the American Studies Program, which he chairs. An advocate of an active Emersonian education, Dr. Sullivan frequently takes students to plays and other cultural events in New York City, where he lives with his wife and two children.
 

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Music: Stolen Gems—Transcriptions for Harp

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Harpist Victoria Drake entertains with arrangements she transcribed for the harp. From a wide range of styles and genres and across several centuries, these highlight the special capacity of the harp. From well-known pieces for the cello and guitar to keyboard works of famous composers, Victoria Drake brings to the harp her own perspective on repertoire written for other instruments. She will also talk about the harp and demonstrate how it works.

Community partner and venue: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Victoria Drake, harpist, is a multi-faceted artist with a career that stretches the boundaries of music for the harp. She performs regularly with the American Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Voices of Ascension, and the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, and has worked with American Ballet Theatre, Musica Sacra, New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, Oratorio Society of New York, and Orpheus. She has been performing as principal harpist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota since 2008. She has appeared as concerto soloist with several notable orchestras in the New York area. She performs regularly at the Bard Music Festival and has played at the Aspen, Banff, Cabrillo, Cape May, Caramoor, Fontainebleau, and Vermont Mozart Festivals. She has received numerous awards, and achieved finalist status at the 10th International Harp Contest in Israel. As recital soloist and chamber musician, she has appeared across the country, as well as in Israel and France.

She performed some of her recently published transcriptions of the Six Cello Suites of J.S. Bach at the 2012 American Harp Society Conference in New York City, the 2014 World Harp Congress in Sydney, Australia, and recently at the 2017 World Harp Congress in Hong Kong. Tori’s interest in expanding the harp repertoire has led to four solo recordings: Harping on Bach, Scarlatti’s Harp, Spanish Gold and From the Bach Notebook of Harpist Victoria Drake: The complete Cello Suites Transcribed. She has also recorded the Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp on period instruments with Sandra Miller and the American Classical Orchestra under Thomas Crawford and the Frank Martin Petite symphonie concertante with Philharmonia Virtuosi. She has performed and recorded Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has also recorded contemporary music for the Arabesque, CRI, Koch and Spectrum labels.

Her Broadway credentials include the Tony-winning Broadway revivals The King and I and 42nd Street, and The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center Theater. She can be heard on those original cast albums, as well as many movie soundtracks. She has also performed with many popular artists including Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Audra MacDonald, Barry Manilow, Sting, and Luther Vandross.
 

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The Funky Dawgz Brass Band

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Connecticut’s own Funky Dawgz Brass Band kicks off the Library’s fall music series with their exuberant brand of New Orleans-style brass music.

Note location & community partner: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, Westport

The Funky Dawgz Brass Band embodies the spirit and traditions of New Orleans, playing a contagious upbeat mix of traditional New Orleans brass music, R&B, original music, hip hop, funk and today’s top hits with a brass twist. They have toured internationally and have been featured on bills with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Snarky Puppy, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Rebirth Brass Band. When the band is not playing shows they are giving back to the community. The Funky Dawgz aim to connect, engage, inspire and rejuvenate music education in inner city schools across the country.
 

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Musician and Author John Andrew Fredrick

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Musician, author and artist John Andrew Fredrick, founder of the black watch (which Magnet Magazine called “one of music’s most perfect and unheralded rock outfits”), comes for an evening that offers an intimate glimpse into the life and work of one of indie rock’s most celebrated talents. Fredrick will talk about his life making music, read from recent books (including his political satire Your Caius Aquila and his exploration of the early films of Wes Anderson, F**king Innocent), and perform some of the music that’s cemented his reputation as an indie rock icon.

This evening offers Westport audiences an unprecedented opportunity to get up close and personal with one of rock music’s irreverent visionaries. Fredrick's solo appearance is the kick-off for the band's 2017 East Coast tour.

John Andrew Fredrick received his Ph.D. in English from The University of California at Santa Barbara, where he formed an indie rock band called the black watch that has released nearly twenty albums, including the band’s latest, “the gospel according to john.” Fredrick is also the author of four books, including The King of Good Intentions, a novel chronicling the early days of an indie band; Your Caius Aquila, a satire of U.S. militarism and imperialism in the guise of a sexy and hilarious Roman Empire-set epistolary novel; and F*** Innocent: The Early Films of Wes Anderson, a critique of the acclaimed filmmaker’s early films. He started painting in 2006, using only materials he could purchase at 99-cent stores, but now he uses acrylic and oil and pre-stretched canvases as well.

John Andrew Fredrick photo credit Steve Keros.
 

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The '60s Music Scene

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With the 50th anniversary of the Doors' concert at Staples HS rapidly approaching, a panel discussion will explore the 1960s music scene both locally and nationally. The panel will feature Staples alumni who have had successful music careers—and got their starts locally—including one musician whose band opened for the Doors at Staples, another musician whose band played on WICC back in the day, and a DJ who started out at WICC and was part of the fabled Good Guys radio staff at WMCA during its 1960s heyday. Moderated by Dan Woog, the panel includes DJ Ed Baer, songwriter Charlie Karp and musician Brian Keane. 

This talk is in conjunction with the Westport Historical Society's Exhibit "The High School That Rocked." The exhibit runs June 16-September 2 and includes a clip from the documentary short from producer Fred Cantor, The High School That Rocked!  #WestportRocksSummerFestival

Dan Woog is a native Westporter. He attended virtually all of the key Staples concerts, starting with the Beau Brummels when he was in 7th grade. When he regained his hearing he graduate from Staples and Brown University. A freelance writer, he has published 17 books; written for publications including the New York Times and Sports Illustrated, and been hired by dozens of corporate clients. His “06880” blog draws current and former Westporters together in an online community. He is also the longtime boys soccer coach at Staples High School, a former Youth National Coach of the Year, and a member of the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame.

Ed Baer, Staples '54, is a retired popular DJ whose career in the New York metro area spanned close to 60 years. Ed got his start at WICC and was the MC when Connie Francis had her first Top Ten hit and made an appearance at a Staples sock hop in 1958. In 1961, Ed joined the fabled Good Guys team at WMCA in New York City and remained part of that staff during the station's heyday in the sixties. Through his show and related promotional events, Ed interacted with some of the decade's biggest stars. In subsequent years, Ed worked at other prominent radio stations including WHN, WCBS and WHUD, where his well-known shows such as "Ed Baer Affair" and "Pop Rewind" aired.

Charlie Karp, Staples '71, is an award-winning songwriter, singer and guitarist. His professional start began in 1970, when he was chosen to record with Buddy Miles. Charlie recorded four albums, including the renowned "Them Changes" LP, and toured internationally with Miles through 1972, when he formed his own band with David Hull, White Chocolate, and signed with RCA Records. Over the years, Charlie has written songs for and/or recorded with a wide range of prominent artists including Joan Jett, Joe Perry, Arthur Lee, and Danny Kortchmar.

Brian Keane, Staples '71, is an American composer, music producer, musician and guitarist. He has composed the music for hundreds of films and television shows and produced over a hundred record albums and won Grammys, Emmys and Peabodys. Keane is known as one of the most prominent composers of his era in scoring television documentaries and is a leading producer of world music. More...

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The Anne Eyes Science Lecture: Composer & MIT Professor Evan Ziporyn

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The Anne Eyes Science Lecture presents composer and professor Evan Ziporyn who will speak about ethnomusicology and the intersection between science and art. A concert by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Gamelan Galak Tika will be featured followed by a hands-on demonstration of this unique Balinese percussion instrument. Register online as space is limited.

Learn more about Gamelans. Gamelan Galak Tika has been at the forefront of innovative, cross-cultural music for Balinese gamelan since 1993. Led by composer Evan Ziporyn, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music at MIT, Galak Tika has performed groundbreaking music at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, BAM, several Bang on a Can Marathons, Southern Exposure, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and colleges throughout the northeast. In 2005 the group toured Bali, performing at the Bali International Arts Festival, Kuta Beach, and numerous villages around the island.

This science lecture is made possible by The Anne Eyes Endowment.

Photo credit: Andy Ryan

 

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Music from Dave Giardina and Goza Latin Band

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Westport native Dave Giardina and Goza Latin Band present music from Latin America, Brazil and Spain with guitar, violin, horns, latin percussion and vocals. The program includes samba, rumba cha-cha, salsa, cumbia, flamenco, tango, bolero and numbers by Jobim, Tito Puente, Gipsy Kings, Buena Vista, Rollins and Dizz as well as origanals and arrangements of Beatles, Santana, Stevie Wonder and others. Performers are guitarist and director Dave Giardina, vocalist Dulce Santana, percussionist Asher Delerme, trumpeter Brian Wallace and violinist Chris Payne. Dave will perform solo guitar guitar as well as a duo with violin.

Dave Giardina, guitar, bandleader and foot tambourine received his B.A. from St. Anselm College, He has also studied at Longy School of Music. With roots in the sixties folk- rock culture, Dave studied classical guitar with Sharon Isbin and Philip Defremery, Jazz with Sal Salvador and Bob Kobus and Flamenco with Mario Escudero and Paco Pena (Spain). He also played in master classes for John Williams, Manuel Barrueco, Ben Verdery, Abel Carlevaro, and Oscar Ghiglia. He has been teaching for many years on the faculties of Trinity, St. Joseph and Manchester Community Colleges, as well as privately. Dave is an award recipient member of the CT Commission on Culture and Tourism, he has performed extensively throughout the Northeast at schools, bandshells, major festivals, First Nights, clubs and both Connecticut casinos as a soloist and with ensembles he has formed such as Fiesta del Norte, Bamboleo, Goza, and the Typsy Gypsys. His compositions are featured on two releases by the CT Classical Guitar Society of which he is a founding member and Artistic Director. His latest release, Fiesta Grande, features music of Mexico. 

Dulce Santana, vocalist, was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Ever since she can remember, music was a part of her upbringing, as she comes from a very artistic family. Dulce has a creative and innovative style that ranges from Jazz, Latin Jazz, ballads, salsa, and pop. Her self-produced CD entitled "Forever", showcases the exquisite flavor of her original compositions which has received extensive radio airplay throughout the United States and South America. 

Brian Wallace, trumpet, flugelhorn and percussion, has been playing trumpet since the age of nine. In high school, Brian was selected as lead trumpet for the Massachusetts Northeast District Jazz Band; he also was chosen for the MA All-State Jazz Group. Brian then went on to attend the Berklee College of Music, studying under such notable trumpet players as Wayne Naus, Lin Biviano, Tiger Okoshi and Jeff Stout. After college, Brian spent 4 years touring with original funk group, Rippopotamus. He has performed and recorded with the likes of Deana Martin, Bobby Rydell, Roger Ingram, Kayvan Vega, Don Sonero and Luisito Carrion. 

Asher Delerme, persuccion, began his training in the distinguished World Music program at Wesleyan University. He  toured the United States with Abraham Kobina Adzenyah during his freshman year. While a junior, he’d make his pilgrimage to Ghana, West Africa to study Ghanaian drumming and dance, and upon graduation, he returned to his native New York City to study and perform Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Brazilian music. A former artist-in-residence for the New York State Commission on the Arts, Delerme is currently listed with both the CT Commission for the Arts Contours and Young Audiences of America programs. He has performed with luminaries the likes of Hilton Ruiz, Paquito De Rivera, Dr. Billy Taylor, Jay Hoggard, Foday Musa Suso, Marion Meadows, Pete Seeger, Jimmy Sabater and Miles Jaye, among many others. He has collaborated with singers and poets, as well as gospel, theater, dance, percussion and orchestral ensembles. His recording resume includes television and radio soundtracks, jingles and appearances on over 25 albums/CDs.

 

 

 

  

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Music from the Sarah Rice Trio

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The Sarah Rice Trio performs classical, jazz, traditional and contemporary Celtic works from Loreena McKennitt and Secret Garden to film scores on harp, piano, vocals and Celtic Theremin. The trio is composed of Sarah Rice, vocals and Theremin, Maria Banks, harp, and Amy Ralske, cello.

Sarah Rice was the original Johanna in SWEENEY TODD on Broadway, winning a Theatre World Award and Grammy for Best Show Recording for her performance. Sarah first played the Theremin at Broadway director Tom O'Horgan's house about 10 years ago, on an original RCA model from the 1920s. She has been enthralled with the instrument and its otherworldly sound ever since. Her performances and awards include: Broadway, (SWEENEY TODD) Johanna, original, Theatre World Award, Grammy for Best Show Recording. Off-Broadway: Luisa (FANTASTICKS); Susan (THE WAVES); Elizabeth (SWAN SONG). Opera/Operetta/Music Theatre/Theatre: leading soprano and dramatic roles performed all over the world 2010 Bistro Award and 2011 MAC AWARD winner, Female Vocalist, for her critically acclaimed solo cabaret debut, SARAH RICE sings SCREEN GEMS, Songs of Old Hollywood and voted favorite female cabaret debut performer by Cabaret Hotline Online readers in 2009. 

Maria Banks began playing the harp at the age of 7. Within ten years, she debuted as a concerto soloist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has worked with several professional ensembles and played several operas. As a soloist and a member of various ensembles, Banks has toured internationally and throughout the United States. Banks has also performed at several festivals such as the International Jazz and Pop Harpfest, The American Harp Society National Conference, and the Festival del Desierto in Mexico. Her musical repertoire ranges from classical to popular, new age, and jazz and includes original arrangements and compositions. Her education includes undergraduate and graduate work in music performance at the Eastman School of Music and The University of Arizona.

Amy Ralske began playing the cello in 3rd grade after hearing one in a concert. Since then, she has played with The Houston Ballet Orchestra, The Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, The Texas Chamber Orchestra, and The Houston Symphony. Since moving to New York, she has performed with groups including The American Ballet Theater, The New York City Opera Orchestra, The American Symphony Orchestra, The New York Pops, and the New Jersey Symphony. Amy has been in the Broadway productions of Elton John’s and Tim Rice’s Aida, Bombay Dreams, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 9 to 5, Green Day’s American Idiot, Motown the Musical, Gigi, and Amazing Grace. Amy has performed and recorded with many popular artists and has toured with Sheryl Crow, Hall and Oates, Barbara Streisand, and Harry Connick jr. After attending Juilliard Pre-college as a student of Harvey Shapiro, Amy received a BM from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and a MM from Rice University where she held quartet and teaching fellowships. Other teachers include Stephen Kates, Berl Senofsky and Shirley Trepel.
 

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