A Collaborative Pianist works in a specialized field of the piano profession, collaborating with one or more instrumentalists, singers, dancers, or other artists. The term Accompanist was formerly used, but this implied inferiority and working 'for' rather than 'with' a recital partner, whereas the term Collaborative Pianist focuses on equality, association, and teamwork.
As a Collaborative Pianist, I work primarily one on one with vocalists of all ages to assist with upcoming auditions, RCM music examinations, music festival preparation and participation, recitals, or concerts. I provide vocal coaching and can help you polish your performance, correct rhythm and timing issues, help you find the perfect tempo, assist in practicing techniques, and correct little things that will make you sound more professional. I also accept requests to collaborate with other instrumentalists and individuals involved in various music projects.
Having worked in Piano Collaboration for many years, I specialize in the following areas:
· Solo Voice
· Musical Theatre
· Classical Instrumental (solo & group)
· Contemporary Music
· Choral Groups
Some of my previous collaborative efforts include serving as a Church Pianist for ten years, where I provided overall musical direction, and worked with the instrumentalists and church choir on weekly hymns, songs, and congregational singing. I also performed for four consecutive concert seasons as the lead pianist for a Vocal Jazz group, and have collaborated with various Chamber Choirs.
Currently, I am an official 'Accompanist' of the Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival as well as the Performing Arts BC Association of Regional Festivals, and am listed on both websites.
My Collaborative Pianist Packages vary based on the type of music project (concert, festival, examinations, etc.) and the number of pieces played. Contact me to inquire about working together.