Dr. Natalie Groom is a freelance clarinetist in Washington, D.C. In response to COVID-19 closures and cancellations, Natalie has taken on a role as an audio editor for Arts Laureate, a classical music recording company, and has since worked on projects with the President’s Own Marine Band, Choral Arts Society of Washington, Kutztown University, and more. She is a business owner, business consultant for small-mid size arts organizations, and a chamber ensemble manager. She recently finished her tenure as an Artist in Residence at Collington Retirement Community, where she created an entire new virtual concert series to continue bringing programming to seniors during the campus lockdown. She’s currently a Junior Board member of Washington Performing Arts and a volunteer for the Institute for Composer Diversity.
Natalie has been a featured soloist with the White Mountain Symphony Orchestra and has performed at The Kennedy Center, New World Center, The Anthem, Phillips Collection, and Goethe-Institut. She has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet and collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Esperanza Spalding, the National Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony Youth Ensemble.
Her publications include three reports in the International Clarinet Association journal and four sheet music publications. She is the co-inventor of the new single reed micrometer, Mr. Mapper, on which she wrote her dissertation titled An Analysis of Commercial Single Reed Micrometers and the Invention of a New Manual Single Reed Micrometer. As teacher, conductor, and academic, she has conducted numerous clarinet choirs and taught Applied Clarinet, Chamber Music, Rock and American Popular Music, and Business Communications at the University of Maryland and University of Arizona.
Specializing in chamber music, Natalie was a fellowship wind quintet member of Wavelength Winds and the Fred Fox Wind Quintet, a career which included an international tour, the creation of a classical music video with Avant Projekts, and five commissions.
Natalie Groom earned her D.M.A. at the University of Maryland, 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.
Praised for singing with “passion and emotional depth” (Richmond Times-Dispatch), soprano Jennifer Piazza-Pick has performed with the Nationaltheater Mannheim, Germany as well as with US military bands in Belarus, Latvia, and Lithuania. In the US, she has performed with Opera Piccola of San Antonio, the Princeton Festival, Ithaca Opera, Long Beach Opera, Cincinnati Opera, the Princeton Festival, the Charlottesville Symphony, and at Carnegie Hall. She has also performed with the Richmond and Alamo City Ballet companies, Oregon Bach Festival, Virginia Chorale, San Antonio Chamber Choir, Bach in Baltimore, and in concert series throughout the country.
Known for her expressiveness 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, Kevin Salfen, Cherise Leiter, Ashi Day, and Dannielle McBryan, including settings of poetry by San Antonio’s poet laureate, Camen Tafolla. 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 Festival, and the Women Composers Festival of Hartford.
Collaborating with other artists is another of Jennifer’s passions. She has performed with Alamo City Ballet and the Richmond Ballet, as well as with dancers and poets for individual projects. She regularly performs vocal chamber music with various instruments, especially works for soprano and clarinet duo with her chamber ensemble, Whistling Hens.
The winner of Hawaii Public Radio’s art song contest, Ms. Piazza-Pick was also 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. Her work has been featured on NPR and the TV show Virginia Currents.
Based in Columbia, MD, Jennifer is currently an adjunct faculty member at Towson University and Carroll Community College. She is also pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Maryland, College Park with Martha Randall.