Music coaching has been a huge part of my 30+ years of professional music-directing. My approach is exacting—but also patient and caring. And with an undercurrent of fun. Who needs music to be a drag?
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I was mainly a trombonist in high school, but that's when friends started asking me to play piano accompaniments for them at solo & ensemble festivals—and I couldn't resist coaching them too. They responded well, and here I am! -- Natural coaching instinct.
Wrote music based on traditional themes, and led an onstage orchestra, backing a not-yet-infamous CNN personality in a staging of his semi-autobiographical NY Times Bestseller.
Co-created shows with producers such as Jack Morton, Caribiner and Sandra Arnold; for Dean Witter, Johnson & Johnson, Siemens and others; at the Metropolitan Club (NYC), Plaza Hotel (NYC), Charles Hotel (Boston), Ritz-Carlton (Montreal), Century Hotel (LA), and other venues just as schnazzy.
The most notorious of these 200+ published arrangements is "Let's Go Blue!"—
a musical cheer written for the University of Michigan—which has by now appeared in nine major motion pictures (among them 'The Big Chill' and 'Remember the Titans')
as well as on 'The Simpsons', 'How I Met Your Mother' and 'Ed', and can be heard— incessantly—in stadiums and arenas worldwide.
Because I was involved in the creation of this hilarious 3-man musical, the role of "Albert" the pianist was named for me!
With its $1,000,000+ budget, this wonderfully irreverent musical comedy was, at the time, "The Most Expensive Flop in Off-Broadway History!" (oh, the stories I could tell). But now, in its afterlife, the show is a hit worldwide.
Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.