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Tasha George-Hinnant, piano instructor, Rochester, NY


Tasha George-Hinnant maintains a private studio in Rochester's Upper Monroe neighborhood. She has been teaching piano for over a decade in the upstate and western regions of New York. Beginning piano study as a young child, Tasha has participated in a variety of masterclasses with pianists such as Thomas Rosenkranz and Andrey Pisarev.  Community involvement is a great priority for her, and in addition to teaching, she accompanies soloists and ensembles in the area, has served as a church pianist in many congregations, and was president of Nazareth College's chapter of the Music Teachers National Association for two years. She has also participated in multiple chamber, orchestral and choral ensembles as a pianist, cellist, and vocalist. Past faculty positions have included the Hochstein School of Music and Dance in Rochester, the Community School of Music and Art in Ithaca, NY and Aria's School of Music and Art in Greece, NY. Tasha holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Ithaca College, where she studied with Phiroze Mehta. At Nazareth College, she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance with an Emphasis in Pedagogy, as well as an Advanced Certificate in Piano Pedagogy. Previous teachers have included Brian Preston and Michael Salmirs, among others, and cello with Kathleen Murphy Kemp and Christine Lowe-Diemecke.

In addition to teaching, Tasha is active as a soloist, chamber musician, and composer in the Rochester area. Recent performances include "Small Talk," a piece specifically composed to be performed with two dancers, which was featured at the 2016 Rochester Fringe Festival. She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and serves as a chair on the New York state chapter, as well as serving on the board of the Rochester Piano Teachers Guild. When she is not playing or teaching piano, Tasha enjoys playing with her dogs, knitting, and aerial acrobatics.

Tasha N. George-Hinnant

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