I have worked as a pianist and organist in various capacities since I was a teenager in the 1960s, including work as a church organist and director, solo performance, accompanist, and studio musician. My performance experience includes the classical piano and organ repertoire, jazz, blues, rock, and other genres.
I earned a bachelor's degree in piano performance at Syracuse University, and a master's degree in music education and piano performance at The Hartt School of Music. I completed graduate work at Central Connecticut State University leading to an additional teaching endorsement in elementary education. I have taken various computer science courses as well.
I taught music history and music theory at Hartt School of Music as part of my graduate fellowship responsibilities. In 1979 I began teaching music (and computer skills) at The Independent Day School in Middlefield, and in 1988 I started teaching music at Hamden Public Schools. In 2015, I retired as a music teacher, after 36 years of being fortunate enough to do what I love.
I worked as a church organist and music director in various churches, including Augustana Lutheran (Meriden, CT), Church of the Resurrection (Wallingford), Unitarian Universalist Church (Meriden, CT), and Concordia Lutheran Church (Manchester, CT), where in 2015 I retired as minister of music. I was honored by Concordia with the title Minister of Music, Emeritus. I continue to work as a free-lance musician in Connecticut and Maine.
I will be available as an organist or pianist in Connecticut from mid-October through April. During May through October, I will be available in Maine as an organist or pianist.
I am webmaster (and treasurer) for Lake View Estates Homeowners Association, a community in Fayette, Maine, where my wife Liz and I enjoy the incredible beauty and serenity of the north country.
Our Mission Statement:
“BDTPA works to improve the water quality of the ponds and their total environment. The association also educates and informs landowners, their guests, and other interested individuals on issues of water qulity, invasive plants, and other environmental and safety concerns.”
My great grandfather, Joseph Henry Hicks, 1841-1887, born in Bristol UK. He moved to US with his family when he was age six. His father George made barrel-player pianos, first in The UK, later in Brooklyn, NY.