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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?
If the "Ask Albert a Question" button is visible above, feel free to click it for a prompt reply about anything you might need to know before booking any sessions. For instant info on what a session with me might be like, be sure to click on 'Audition Prep' or 'Music Performance'.
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.
· Audition Prep · In studio I played the Donald O'Connor part in Singin' in the Rain on Broadway as well as Charlie in Annie Get Your Gun with Bernadette Peters and then Reba among many other roles......
I ran into Albert in midtown recently and happened to mention an issue that always seems to come whenever I audition generally, and without missing a beat, Albert came up with a perfect, simple solution that had never occurred to me during my entire auditioning career. For free. He’s a problem-solver.
· Music Performance · In studio I've studied with wonderful vocal coaches and teachers and Albert is one of the best because he cares so much about his students and gives you the attention you need to support you as a singer. He is a genuine, kind and patient teacher. He listens to whatever you are looking to do as a performer and helps to guide you and get you ready for whatever your needs may be. I have gone to Albert feeling unsure of my talents and left feeling supported and like I could do anything. He is so helpful and positive and I've seen him help so many people achieve success after working with him. I highly recommend him as a teacher and musician.
· Music Performance · In studio Having had Albert as my music director on various projects (Dreyfus, Eating Raoul, The Big Bang, many others), I can attest to his uncanny ability with singers in terms of getting from them their very best. His ability to give them an all-around grasp of the material is nonpareil.
I also have to add that his ability with an entire chorus is equally impressive and inspiring for them. Many times members of the cast have approached me to compliment Albert and his unusual and fascinating ways of teaching and imbuing the score "into their very core."
· Audition Prep · In studio I've known and worked with Albert for over 30 years, and there's no one I'd recommend more highly for audition prep, coaching, musical arranging/directing, etc. Having collaborated with such professionals as Debbie Allen, Stephen Flaherty and many others over the years, I can honestly say that his talent, integrity, professionalism, musicianship and kindness are unmatched.
· Audition Prep · In studio I first worked with Albert when he happened to be the pianist at a singing audition a long time ago. I didn’t have a lot of experience, and I was extremely nervous, but he immediately made me feel so comfortable and followed my voice so well that it was probably the best audition I ever had, and I got the job. :)
It turned out he was the musical director for that show, and when he taught music rehearsals, for once I could actually follow the music! I really enjoyed working with him. I bet you will too!