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, soloist and chorus accompaniment, and studio musician work.  My performance experience includes the classical piano and organ repertoire, and performances in rock, jazz, 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.


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.  



Availability as Musician


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.  

Map of availability in Maine

Suggested Fees



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.

I am webmaster for Thankful Hand Gems, featuring handcrafted jewelry and gemstone carvings by my brother Tim Hicks, who works  in Tuscon AZ.

I am webmaster for The Basin, David, and Tilton Ponds Association, in Fayette, ME (and adjacent towns),


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.”


I have been doing some research on my ancestors.  See my ancester chart.


To zoom in enough in order to make the text legible, first download the chart and then open it in a PDF viewer such as Preview or Adobe Reader, and you should be able to magnify it and scroll around.  If family members want to have access to the extended family tree, contact me for access to the information.  The image on the right is a photo of my great grandfather Joseph Hicks, piano maker, wine taster, Civil War veteran (he fought at the Battle of Gettysburg).


The farthest back I have gotten is Griffith Ap Llewelyn, 1360–1395, born in Corsygedol, Merionethshire, Wales (not on the the chart because the software maxes out at 16 generations).

Twitter @chefarmand

My great grandfather, Joseph Henry Hicks, 1841-1887, born in Bristol UK.  He moved to US with his family when he was age six.  He fought  and was injured as a Union soldier at The Battle of Gettysburg.