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BIOGRAPHIES

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Natalie Groom is a freelance clarinetist in Washington, D.C. and substitute clarinetist of the Annapolis Symphony, Annapolis Opera, and Huntington Symphony. She is the artist-in-residence at Collington Retirement Community in 2019-2020, and she serves as a Junior Board member of Washington Performing Arts. This year she performed a joint concert with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, won a residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute, and performed at two music by women conferences.


Natalie was a featured soloist with the White Mountain Symphony Orchestra and has performed at The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, New World Center, Phillips Collection, and Goethe-Institut. Her festival and conference performances include Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Darkwater Women in Music, Clarinetfest 2018 in Belgium, Henri Selmer Clarinet Academy, Miami Music Festival, Orford Centre d’Arts, and an outreach concert at Anacostia High School opening for Yo-Yo Ma and Esperanza Spalding.


A teacher, conductor, and academic, she has led the New Horizons clarinet choir and taught Rock and American Popular Music, Business Communications, and clarinet/saxophone lessons for Music for Life, Tucson Summer Music, and The Gregory School. She has published two event reports in the International Clarinet Association journal.

Natalie is clarinetist of Classically Dope, a hip-hop/rap and classical music collaboration with D.C. rapper Konshens the MC. Using music as an instrument of positive social influence, this ensemble tackles subjects such as the power of belief, racial inequality, stereotypes, police brutality, and being a change agent in the world. She also composes/arranges music for Classically Dope.
Specializing in chamber music,

 

Natalie was a fellowship wind quintet resident of Wavelength Winds and Fred Fox Quintet. In her tenure, she toured China for a month, created a classical music video in collaboration with Avant Projekts, and was integral in securing at $20 million donation to the Fred Fox School of Music.


Natalie Groom earned her D.M.A. at the University of Maryland (graduating 2020), M.B.A. and M.M. at the University of Arizona, and B.M. at Kent State University where she studied with Robert DiLutis, Jerry Kirkbride, Dennis Nygren, Amitai Vardi, Jackie Glazier, and Joseph Minocchi.

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Praised for singing with “passion and emotional depth” (Richmond Times-Dispatch), soprano Jennifer Piazza-Pick has performed with the Nationaltheater Mannheim in Germany as well as with US military bands in Belarus, Latvia, and Lithuania. In the US, she has sung with Opera Piccola of San Antonio and at the Princeton Festival. Other credits include concerts with the Richmond and Alamo City Ballet companies, and the Charlottesville Symphony.

 

Known for her expressivity as a performer, Jennifer focuses on engaging audiences with concert experiences that resonate in the imagination. Her clear diction and sensitive interpretations allow audiences to engage with the text, helping listeners connect to their past, present, and future shared humanity.

 

Ms. Piazza-Pick has premiered works by Liam Wade, James MacMillan, Eric Whitacre, and Kevin Salfen, including settings of poetry by San Antonio’s poet laureate, Carmen Tafolla. Recent recitals have showcased works by American women composers Juliana Hall, Margaret Garwood, and Mary Howe. Jennifer’s musical curiosity has led to research on women composers, which has been presented at the International Music by Women Festival, Darkwater Women in Music, and the Women Composers Festival of Hartford.

 

The winner of Hawaii Public Radio’s art song contest, Ms. Piazza-Pick has been a finalist for the American Prize in the women’s art song division, and the winner of the George Cortes Award for Classical Singing by the Artist Foundation of San Antonio.

 

Based in Columbia, MD, Jennifer performs with a wide variety of organizations, including Baltimore Musicales, an organization dedicated to the art of the song recital, and Whistling Hens, which focuses on works by women composers. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Maryland, College Park.

COLLABORATORS

Taiwanese pianist Ying-Shan Su is a third-year doctoral student in Collaborative Piano under Professor Rita Sloan at the University of Maryland. After serving as a staff accompanist at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, she devoted herself to piano collaborating, which had been a hobby and a good way to make friends up to then.

Ms. Su holds two Master's degrees in Piano Performance from Lee University, National Chiao Tung University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from National Taiwan Normal University. She received the Young Musician Scholarship from Lee University, where she studied with Ning An and Gloria Chien.

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