While my strongest ability will always be classical piano performance, I believe that, like any practice in life, being well rounded is essential in developing and perfecting one's craft. When playing piano rep I ask my students to breathe like a singer; in analyzing a musical phrase I invite my students to use descriptive words like "charming," "strong," or "adventurous" to evoke emotions and allow songs to come to life. In my opinion, though technique is essential, it is only the tip of the iceberg when performing piano, when singing, or in any art form.
My name is Leslie and I'm a pianist with over 15 years experience. Raised playing classical repertoire, I have since learned and mastered jazz playing and musical theater rep (my Master's is in Music Direction for Theatre); in addition to piano I specialize in conducting and acting through song.
Leslie O. Wickham III
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EDUCATION UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE (2018-2021)
Master of Fine Arts in Music Direction
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA CHAPEL HILL (2011-2015)
Bachelor of Arts in Music (Concentration in Piano Performance)
2020 A Contemporary Theater of Connecticut
Music Director—Nickel Mines
2019 Norwegian Cruise Line
Showband Pianist/Lounge Pianist
2017-2018 PCPA Pacific Conservatory Theater
Music Director—Mamma Mia, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Freaky Friday, A Little Night Music
2016-2017 Heights Players (Brooklyn, NY)
Music Director—Hair, Cabaret
2016-2017 Gallery Players (Brooklyn, NY)
Music Director—Gypsy, Ragtime
2015-2016 UNC Chapel Hill Department of Music
2018 Inspiration: A New 10 Minute Musical by Leslie Wickham
2018 Homegrown: A Cabaret Project at PCPA
2015 Missing Gemini—An Original Musical by Christine Rosenblatt
Music Director/Addition Music
SKILLS Piano Teacher and Vocal Coach, Arranging, Sight-Reading, Logic, Mainstage, Q-Lab, Microsoft Office
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