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 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 also maintain the website for Thankful Hand Gems, featuring handcrafted jewelry and gemstone carvings by my brother Tim Hicks, who works  in Tuscon AZ.


I have been doing some research on my ancestors.  See a chart with all of them!  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 all the way back to the 14th century!  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).

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