The Lord gave me the opportunity to begin serving as a church pianist while I was in fifth grade.
My piano teacher had to move and fortunately she had just taught me how to improvise from the hymnal!
I started by playing octaves in the left hand and triads in the right hand for fullness.
Being thrust into such a posistion gave me an immediate desire to learn much in a short amount of time! (It was nice to have dad as the music director)
Now…many years later….I can look back on that time and be thankful for what the Lord has allowed me to learn.
My Music History
Pianist for all school programs during my high school years
Competed in annual state fine arts festival from 8th – 12th grade (classical and sacred piano solo)
Won 1st place in state competition: sacred piano solo (12th grade)
Began composing music in 7th grade
Started teaching private lessons at age 16
Received six accumulative years of piano training by excellent teachers
Published first piano arrangement in 1996
Trained numerous pianists all over the world for the role of church pianist
Six years of teaching music in Christian schools (private piano, high school choir director & drama coach, elementary music classes)
Teach private piano and voice lessons
Compose arrangements for piano and voice students
Participate in music concerts for local nursing homes
Pianist/Ensemble coach at church
Compose piano/vocal/other instrumental arrangements
Training church pianists all over the world via internet
Current author of thechurchpianist.com
My desire is to encourage other church pianists across the world by offering improvising tips and other helps through this website. A passion of mine is to bring the traditional hymns to life through creative improvising.
Several of my piano hymn arrangements and vocal arrangements of my dad’s songs have been published by Soundforth. (Lorenz has purchased Soundforth as of October 1, 2012)
I look forward to sharing and learning along with my readers as we seek to glorify Him through our ministry in music
Thanks for stopping by!