Beginning piano lessons around age seven, Nathan has continued playing piano to this day. Working as a student accompanist during his years of undergraduate study introduced him to the pleasure of playing as a collaborative pianist. He pursued this passion for eight years after graduating serving as Staff Accompanist for Whitman College's Music Department. Responsibilities included attending weekly private lessons of student vocalists and instrumentalists and collaborating with students and their instructors in preparing student recitals. He also served as rehearsal and performance pianist for several productions of opera workshop which included such works as "The Little Sweep" by Benjamin Britten, and "Suor Angelica" and "Gianni Schicchi" by Giacomo Puccini.
Nathan also had the great opportunity to collaborate as pianist on several student productions including a full semi-staged production of "The Last Five Years" by Jason Robert Brown. Such collaborations has also afforded him some experience playing the harpsichord for presentations of "La Serva Padrona" by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and "Dido and Aeneas" by Henry Purcell. In conjunction with Whitman College's Harper Joy Theatre, Nathan has served as rehearsal pianist and performance pianist in the pit orchestra of their production of "She Loves Me" by Jerry Bock, Joe Masteroff, and Sheldon Harnick.
Piano playing is a vital skill for musicians and a requirement for music majors and even some music minors of colleges and universities. Nathan strongly believes in starting piano skills early, no matter what instrument (including the voice) a student is currently focusing on.
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