The pianists, singers, and composers you're about to hear represent a wide spectrum of ages and levels of ability. Equally far-ranging are the musical styles we explore.
Enjoy these audio clips, many of which were recorded live at one of our annual spring concerts. Just click the Audio links to listen.
(This page has become an archive of sorts—it was last updated in 2005.)
See also Student Success Stories.
Audio Live in concert, Tara plays and sings her original song "Promises."
Audio Tara sings another original, "Everyday Dreamer," with me at the piano.
When Tara began studying with me eight months before making these recordings, she was an extraordinary singer (having studied for five years with Judy Davis, teacher to Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and Tina Turner). But she was just getting started at the piano and had yet to write her first song.
Robert's versatility was evident at this concert. He perfomed a classical sonatina, and then played and sang, with his mom, a pop standard. As you can hear, Robert and Pam make quite a duo.
Audio Joanna plays Debussy's Arabesque in E. Joanna is a freelance performer and teacher (piano and flute), and director of musical theater. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California.
Rafi is highly focused at her lessons and has made great progress in the brief time we've spent together. At our recent concert, I was touched to see her mom, Ariela, in tears as Rafi played and sang "Fire and Rain." Turns out Ariela used to sing Rafi to sleep with it.
Audio Nori sings, and she also creates stunning arrangements like this one of Dona Nobis Pacem.
Audio Christophe plays his own composition "En Reve." After studying with me for about five years Christophe moved to Maui, where he continues to perform and to teach piano.
Audio Gabe plays the first movement of Robert Vandall's "Jazz Sonatina". Gabe is also a trumpeter and percussionist and performs in three school ensembles.
Audio William plays and sings "Close to You." William is a lawyer; when not busy defending the rights of his clients, you might find him composing, or acting in independent films.
Audio Adriana plays "Dance of the Irish" by Faber and Faber.
Adriana began playing the piano less than a year ago. But as you can hear from this little snippet, recorded live at her first recital, she plays with authority!
Audio 11-year-old Mathew plays "Song of Kilimanjaro" by Faber and Faber. Mathew's repertoire used to consist mainly of rock oldies like Hey Jude and Hang on Sloopy. These days (as you'll hear) his taste is a lot more sophisticated.
Audio Here's another parent/child duet: Theresa and her dad, Andy, in a spirited rendition of "This Old Man," arranged by Robert Vandall. Andy (solo recording below), his wife Danielle, and her mother, Susan, also study with me, so I have the pleasure of teaching three generations in the same family.
Audio Andy got some big laughs at our June 2004 recital, playing and singing Tom Lehrer's satirical "The Wild West is Where I Wanna Be." Andy, who lives four houses down from me, is a dedicated amateur astronomer and has built an observatory in his own backyard.
Audio Matthew B. plays one of his stirring, romantic, original compositions. These days, Matthew lives and makes music in Arizona.
"Dance of the Irish" is from "PianoAdventures, A Basic Piano Method," by Nancy and Randall Faber. ©1993 by THE FJH MUSIC COMPANY INC. Used by permission.
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