Musical Director/Pianist

I've always been up for music directing a show or the chance to play piano. Throughout my career I have worked as a pianist, orchestrator, conductor and vocal coach in New York and Los Angeles. I have accompanied some of Broadway's finest singers and played auditions for countless aspiring performers too. 


Here are few select venues and projects:

  • Forever Plaid, Off Broadway, National Tour and many other venues.   (Over 1000 performances!)
  • Nunsense, Off Broadway
  • Reality! by Itamar Moses and Gaby Alter at the Cape Cod Theater Project (2008)
  • Hartford Stage Company
  • Paper Mill Playhouse
  • York Theater Company
  • Three seasons at the New London Barn Playhouse in New Hampshire. (And every minute of it was Barntastic!)
  • Conductor of the Broadway Chorus at the 92nd Street Y
  • Southbay Civic Light Opera
  • Canon Theater of Beverly Hills
  • Green Mountain Guild
  • Pocono Playhouse (R.I.P.)
  • Palm Canyon Theater
  • School of the Hartford Ballet
  • Mark Morris Dance Group, Brooklyn, NY (accompanist for dance classes)


I was the staff accompanist at the Juilliard School of Drama in 1995 where I played classes for Deb Lapidus (who is without a doubt the greatest voice teacher I've ever known).

In June, I play mock auditions at The American Theater Wing's SpringboardNYC program.  An amazing resource for actors transitioning into the New York theater scene.  


Other composing ventures?  Here are a few:


Professional
Joys!
       by Melissa Levis; (Additional Music) Off Broadway at the Variety Arts Theater
       and New York International Fringe Festival. Winner: Audience Choice Award 2005
Loss of Virginia
       by Rachel Sheinkin; Company One Theater of Hartford, 1993
Gallathea
        by John Lyly; Here Arts Center, directed by Michelle Tattenbaum, 2004
Ursula
        by Howard Barker, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center,
        Our Shoes Are Red Theater Company, Portland, OR, 2009
Time and Space
        by John Karp; Don’t Tell Mama’s, New York City, 1995
My Name is Pablo Picasso
        by Mary Gage; (Incidental Music) Off Broadway at the Douglass Fairbanks Theater, 1989

Theater for Youth
          
Snow White and Several Dwarfs
        Pantomonium Theater Company, Arc Light Theater, New York, 2010
The Emperor’s New Clothes 
        Pantomonium Theater Company, Arc Light Theater, New York, 2009
Aladdin
        Pantomonium Theater Company, Arc Light Theater, New York, 2008
The Cool Crazy Crickets
        New London Barn Playhouse, Page to Stage Players, New London, NH, 2006
IS 
        by Daniel Catanach; Henry Street Settlement, Urban Youth Theater, 1997
Billy the Kid 
        by Daniel Catanach; Henry Street Settlement, Urban Youth Theater,
        (Meet the Composer Award) 1996
A Weekend Ride 
       by Daniel Catanach; Show developed with children who are wheelchair bound at 
       New Alternatives for Children, New York City, 1996

Educational 
Caucasian Chalk Circle 
        by Bertolt Brecht; Juilliard School of Drama, 1995
Bodies, Sight, and Singing
        Duke University, 1994
Cactus Tree 
        by Sarah Orth; Fordham University, New York City, 1994
The Pursuit of Happiness
        Hartt School of Music, 1992

I was a staff composer at Musikvergnuegen in Los Angeles for a few years.  I had the chance to work with lots of cool gear, hear my music played by some of the best musicians around and learn from the master Walter Werzowa who created the Intel Inside logo and many other feats of sound.   I produced music for television shows, commercials and a few films.  

I also had one of the coolest jobs on the planet for a while: accompanying silent films at the Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles (now it's called the Cinefamily). This gig confirmed what I've always known which was that (1) movies were better without sound and (2) I was born in the wrong era.

Podcast
To demonstrate my commitment to 21st century media and my religion, I composed the theme to a podcast called From Israelite to Jew by Michael Satlow of Brown University.  My wife Michelle sings the wordless melody with style.

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