Dear friends and families,
Welcome back to school. It was an incredibly exciting summer of teaching, writing, touring, cd releases and even some acting for the WillYouLearn crew. Last month our saxophonist Stan Killian performed in a scene for the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle and just yesterday I had the pleasure filming for the same show as Bernadette Peters' pianist. Now we're back in full swing and I'm excited to share some updates with you.
This year we're offering after school piano and guitar ensembles at the Hewitt School, Marymount Academy and Convent of Sacred Heart. We teach our students the fundamentals of making music in a group and communicating with each other through their instruments.
Please welcome our newest addition to our piano faculty. Joe's a graduate of NYU Stenihardt's M.M. in jazz piano. He plays regularly at the Blue Note and Iridium with legendary musicians Les McCann and Houston Person. We're thrilled to have him with us.
Faculty member Andrea Wood's new album Kaleidoscope, featuring faculty member Ethan O'Reilly on bass, is is now available oniTunes.
"The slow, fluid strides of her vocals are entrancing reminiscent of Sarah Vaughn with a touch of Joss Stone’s deep sensual voicing. The rippling inflections in Wood’s vocals travel from one crescendo to the next, demonstrating the vast elasticity of her range and the complete control she has over her register." axs.com
Looking forward to another great semester!
All the best,
Will, Andrea, Steve, Ethan, Elizabeth, Megan, Stan, Isaac, Joe and Aleksi