Michael Yannette to give master class at MusicWorks March 22

By Musicworks Studio | Mar 10, 2014
Courtesy of: MusicWorks Studio of Performing Arts MASTER CLASS — Concert pianist and arts educator Michael Yannette will present a master class from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at MusicWorks.

MusicWorks Studio of Performing Arts is pleased to announce a piano/vocal master class with concert pianist and music educator Michael Yannette. The class will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at MusicWorks.

Exposure to different artists and their interpretation of music is essential for the development of young musicians; therefore, piano and voice students from across the Western North Carolina region who are studying at an intermediate to advanced level are invited to participate in the master class.  A master class is a public lesson, especially in music, given by an expert to talented students. Classes such as these can be very useful; participation is not required to learn and those who observe often absorb more because they don't have to deal with the stress of performing.

Yannette is no stranger to MusicWorks, having served as a guest musician for the Broadway Bound summer camp in 2013, as well as an advisor for the MusicWorks Junior Theater Festival Group. His infectious personality and ability to relate to students of all ages and levels of experience will certainly help to create a supportive master class environment that both the participants and the audience will find refreshing and enjoyable.

Participation is the master class is limited and there is a $10 participation fee.  Piano and voice instructors who wish to include a student in the class are asked to contact Lynne Meyer at MusicWorks at 565-0381, or send an email to lynnemeyer@charter.net. The final day to apply for participation is Tuesday, March 18. The public is invited to observe the class at no charge.

Yannette is an exceptional concert pianist, actor, singer, playwright, multi-media artist and music educator who brings together all of his talents to create rich and thoroughly unique theatrical, musical and visual experiences. He wrote, produced and starred in the title role of "An Evening with George Gershwin," a one-man show about the life of the great composer which played to rave reviews nationally. He is currently finishing work on his second theatrical concert entitled "Fantasia on Mysterium" about the life of composer/pianist Alexander Scriabin featuring a choreography of live piano performance, animation, storytelling, lighting, and aromas.

As a soloist, Yannette recently performed in New York master classes with Jerome Lowenthal of the Julliard School for the Scriabin Society of America. As a composer, he most recently wrote the music for the Kravis Center production of Frannie Sheridan’s "Confessions of a Jewish Shiksa."

As an educator, Yannette is currently the director of music at Grandview Preparatory School in Boca Raton, Florida, where he was recently named teacher of the year. He is the co-founder and a director of the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches, an organization which has grown to reach over 450 students annually in eight different choirs through the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

As a choral accompanist, Yannette has performed for choirs in national, Southern division and state level American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) conventions and has been an annual accompanist for Florida All-State Choirs. He was also the accompanist for the 2007 National OAKE Children‘s Choir in Denver.

Recently, he performed a second time for choirs at both Avery Fischer Hall and Carnegie Hall. 
Yannette is a graduate of Florida State University where he was named the 1986 Presser Scholar and received various honors including the Ernst von Dohnanyi Prize and the winner of both the FSU Concerto Competition and the Florida Collegiate Artist Competition.

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