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Collaborative Piano

Though I have been a freelance accompanist since graduating high school, I have also served as a university staff accompanist for music and theater departments, and choir director/pianist for church services.

Below is an abbreviated list of collaborative works:

Bartok, Suite Paysane Hongroise (flute)
Berlioz, Dance of the Ghosts
Brahms, Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52
              Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 65 (selections)
Kenji Bunch, Cookbook for clarinet and piano
Casey Cangelosi, Marimba Concerto No. 2
Copland, Duo for Flute and Piano
Paul Creston, Sonata for saxophone and piano
Danzi, Fantasy (cl)
Pierre Gabaye, Sonatine (cl)
Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue (arr. marimba and piano)
              Three Preludes (arr. clarinet and piano)
Glazunov, Concerto (partial, with reductions)
Bernard Heiden, Sonata for saxophone and piano
Hindemith, Sonata (clarinet)
            Sonata for flute
Joseph Horovitz, Euphonium Concerto
     clarinet sonata
Milhaud, Sonatine (cl)
             Scaramouche (cl), (sax)
Robert Muczynski, Time Pieces (cl)
Nielsen, Concerto for clarinet
Poulenc, Sonata for Flute and Piano
               Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
John Psathas, Matre's Dance
Rosauro, Marimba Concerto No. 1
Saint-Saens, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso 
Sejourne, Marimba Concerto
Gustav Schreck, Sonata for bassoon
Schumann, Phastasiestuck
Stjepan Sulek, Sonata "Vox Gabrieli" for trombone and piano
Nobuya Sugawa, Fuzzy Bird Sonata
Ralph Vaughn-Williams, Six Studies in English Folksong
Vivaldi,  Gloria
Widor, Suite for flute and piano, Op. 34, no. 1

Various arias by Bach, Mozart, Menotti, Puccini, Haydn, Donizetti, and others.


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