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2023.5.25 Deanna Witkowski Mini-Lesson

Deanna Witkowski


May 25, 2023

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Daniel Jamieson

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Each week we upload a free Mini-Lesson to our YouTube channel featuring one of our Presenting Artists.


Pianist, composer, & author of “Mary Lou Williams: Music For The Soul” Deanna Witkowski discusses how you can engage and connect with your audience with group (congregational) singing using her jazz arrangement of Hyfrydol (Love Divine, All Loves Excelling).

About the Presenting Artists(s)

Known for her adventurous, engaging music that heals the soul, pianist-composer Deanna Witkowski moves with remarkable ease between Brazilian, jazz, classical, and sacred music. Witkowski’s explosive performances combine virtuosity and heart, telling stories that reveal her innate curiosity of the human condition. Her first book, Mary Lou Williams: Music For The Soul, published in September 2021, is the winner of the 2022 ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award and the 2022 Jazz Journalists Association Award for Biography of the Year. Her seventh recording, Force of Nature, released in January 2022, reached number five on the JazzWeek nationwide radio chart and remained in the top ten most played albums on jazz radio for more than ten weeks. A frequent winner of composition competitions for her concert and sacred choral pieces, Witkowski has received funding for new work from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Choral Arts Initiative PREMIERE|Project Festival.

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