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Sarah Dutcher, Piano

Sarah Dutcher is an active solo and collaborative pianist, instructor, and composer living in New York City. She received a BM in Piano Performance and a BA in English from The University of Georgia in Athens, GA where she studied piano with Dr. Martha Thomas and pedagogy with Dr. Pete Jutras. She lived in Austin, TX for five years where she held a full studio and performed with the Austin New Music Co-op. She was among the nominees for "Best Composition of the Year" by the Austin Critic's Table in 2013. She has performed at Lincoln Center and in Italy at the Interharmony International Music Festival, and was also a participant in the 2016 International Keyboard Institute and Festival. She is currently working on an MA in Performance at Hunter College CUNY under Dr. Geoffrey Burleson.

Brendan Kibbee, Piano (on leave, on a Fulbright scholar mission abroad)

Brendan Kibbee, a Jersey City-based pianist, has been teaching music for over ten years and has been working with My Music Garden since 2008. With a background in both classical and jazz piano, Brendan enjoys working with his students on developing their classical repertoire and also on jazz, blues, and improvisation. Since receiving a bachelors degree in music for piano performance at Rutgers University in 2005, Brendan has gone on to perform at jazz clubs throughout New York City and New Jersey, also working as a choral accompanist. In addition to teaching, Brendan is currently working towards a PhD in Ethnomusicology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).

Sam Westley, Piano

Pianist and teacher Sam Westley hails originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Highlights of his musical studies there include many performances in local jazz clubs, and in the classical realm, winning the University of Minnesota's Mechelke Scholarship Competition in 2004. After moving to New York to pursue his musical education he graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor's in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Although his education is primarily classically-oriented, Sam enjoys playing and teaching in a wide variety of musical styles and traditions. In addition to his ongoing exploration of the classical piano repertoire, his recent musical projects include learning to play the pipe organ and exploring the world of church music, as well as recording several pop songs with a singer-songwriter.

In addition to his work with My Music Garden, Sam has maintained his own teaching studio in the Bedford Park neighborhood in the Bronx since 2008. Since 2010 he has also worked as staff piano teacher and accompanist at the Washington Heights Choir School, a free after school music program in his home neighborhood in Manhattan. Since 2011 he has held the position of Assistant Organist at Holyrood Church, also in Washington Heights.

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