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Stephanie D. Watt

Director of Piano Studies Director of Theory Studies
Director of Keyboard Club Concerts
Professor of Music

B.F.A., M.A., M.S., C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University

Description

World-renowned pianist Jörg Demus often referred to her as “the silent giant” and “richly gifted.” Since her studies at his home in Gastof, Austria, Stephanie D. Watt has become one of the most sought-after performers and teachers in the Long Island and metropolitan New York areas.

As a soloist and as a collaborative and chamber artist, she has performed with the Kennedy Center Chamber Players, the Long Island Philharmonic, the C.W. Post and West Islip Orchestras, Masterworks Choir, Atlantic Wind Symphony, Camerata Pro Musica of Hungary, Musica Mundi, DuoLeo, the highly acclaimed Musica Viva of New York and many others. Her performances have taken her throughout the United States, Argentina, Europe, Korea and North Africa.

She has toured Hungary and conducted master classes in the Sávár and Szombathely Music Conservatories and has performed with the Communidad de Palermo Symphony Orchestra with renowned Argentinean conductor Jaime Braude. She will be performing and conducting master classes in China in 2010 through their international cultural exchange arranged by Mr. Tate Chen. Her most recent CD recording of Allen Brings’s “Duo for Cello & Piano” has been released on Capstone Records, and her biography has been published in the prestigious Marquis Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Women and Who’s Who in the World.

She is the pianist for the Long Island Philharmonic and MasterWorks Choruses and concertizes regularly with these organizations as well as with the LeoDuo and Duo con Fuego. As an accomplished competitive ballroom dancer, Professor Watt performs and lectures frequently throughout the tri-state area with her partner, Barry Masten. She is professor of music and director of piano and theory studies at the C.W. Post Campus. Professor Watt served as chair of C.W. Post’s Department of Music from 2007-2009.

Specialties

Solo, Chamber and Collaborative Performance; Teaching, Coaching and Pedagogy; Sight Singing; Ballroom and Middle Eastern Dance Performance; Argentine Tango History

Publications

  • Co-author, “Information Theory Analyses of Bach Chorales and a Learning Classifier System,” published by CEC99 Submissions Natural Selection, Inc. (1999)
  • Co-author, “Representation of Music in a Learning Classifier System Utilizing Bach Chorales,” published by the Genetic Evolutionary Computation Conference (1999)
  • Work featured in Strings Magazine and Chamber Music America Magazine

Recordings

  • “Bridging the Centuries – Pillars of American Choral Music,” R & S Wilhelm Recordings (2009)
  • “DuoLeo Live!” R & S Wilhelm Recordings (2009)
  • “Mid-Winter Musical Journey,” R & S Wihelm Recordings
  • “Allen Bring’s Duo for Cello and Piano,” Capstone Records (2006)

Performances

  • Featured Pianist, MasterWorks Choir, 20th Anniversary Celebration, Suffolk Community College, Brentwood Campus (2009)
  • Featured Pianist, MasterWorks Choir, 20th Anniversary Celebration, The Cathedral of Incarnation, Garden City, N.Y. (2009)
  • Pianist, Piano Duo Recital with maestro Fran Roberts, Interfaith Chapel, C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University, Brookville, N.Y. (2009)
  • Pianist, Musica Viva of New York, All Souls Unitarian Church, New York, N.Y. (2009)
  • Pianist, DuoLeo, Suffolk Community College, Ammerman Campus, Selden, N.Y. (2008)
  • Pianist, MasterWorks Choir, Chaminade High School, Mineola, New York (2008)
  • Pianist, Duo con Fuego, Venice Performing Arts Series, Venice, Fla. (2008)
  • Pianist, DuoLeo, Long Island University/C.W. Post Campus, Brookville, N.Y. (2008)
  • Pianist, Master Works Chorus & Orchestra, St. Elizabeth Church, Melville, N.Y. (2008)
  • Pianist, Inspiration Gala, Issac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, New York City (2008)
  • Pianist, Master Works Chorus, Chaminade High School, Oyster Bay, N.Y. (2008)
  • Pianist, Musica Viva of New York, All Souls Unitarian Church, New York, N.Y. (2007)
  • Pianist, concer with clarinetist Valerie Jones and soprano Catherine Goldenbaum, Bayport Blue Point Library, Blue Point, N.Y. (2006)
  • Pianist, concert with mezzo soprano Serafina Martino, C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University, Brookville, N.Y. (2006)
  • Pianist, concert with mezzo soprano Serafina Martino, Steinway Hall, New York City (2006)
  • Pianist, DuoLeo, Longar Ebony Ensemble Virtuoso Series, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York City (2005)
  • Pianist, DuoLeo, Clarke Hall, Park Avenue United Methodist Church, New York City (2005)
  • Pianist, Choral Festival & Institute, Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y. (2005)
  • Pianist, Choral Festival & Institute, C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University, Tilles Center, Brookville, N.Y. (2005)
  • Pianist, DuoLeo, Great Hall, C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University, Brookville, N.Y. (2005)
  • Pianist, DuoLeo Inauguration Concert, Brik Gallery, Catskills, N.Y. (2005)
  • Pianist, DuoLeo Concert, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, N.Y. (2005)
  • Pianist, concert with conductor Jaime Braude, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2005)
  • Pianist, Charles A. Mulligan Intermediate School, Islip, N.Y. (2005)
  • Pianist, Choral Festival & Institute, Half Hollow Hills High School, Dix Hills, N.Y. (2004)
  • Pianist and Clinician, The Long Island Choral Festival & Institute, Dix Hills, N.Y. (2004)
  • Pianist, concert with clarinetist Lenny LaPinta, Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Oakdale, N.Y. (2004)
  • Pianist, Music Viva of New York, All Souls Unitarian Church, New York, N.Y. (2004)
  • Pianist, DuoLeo Performance, National Association of Composers, USA East Coast Chapter, Christ Church, New York City (2004)
  • Pianist, DuoLeo Performance, National Association of Composers, USA East Coast Chapter, St. Stephen’s Church, New York City (2004)
  • Pianist, Duo Leo, Leo Kraft and Friends Alumni Concert Series, Queens College, Queens, N.Y. (2004)
  • Pianist, piano duo performance, Musica Viva of New York, All Souls Unitarian Church, New York, N.Y. (2004)
  • Pianist, “A Celebration of Stefan Wolpe’s Music,” C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University (2003)
  • Pianist, Long Island University Chorus and Chamber Singers, Cathedral of the Incarnation, Garden City, N.Y. (2003)
  • Pianist, piano duo performance with Dr. Genevieve Chinn, Musica Viva of New York, All Souls Unitarian Church, New York City (2003)
  • Pianist, concert with soprano Daryl Jordan, Gala Opening of the Library Room at the South Country Library, Bellport, N.Y. (2003)
  • Pianist, Camerata Pro Musica of Szombathely, Hungary (2002, 2001)
  • Guest Lecturer and Performer, Musica Viva Outreach Program, East Harlem Middle School, New York City

Dance Exhibitions:

  • Positions Dance Studio Recital, St John the Baptist High School, West Islip, N.Y. (2009)
  • Paradise Oasis Middle Eastern Solo with Elektra’s Silk Road Ensemble, Mediterranean Manor, Patchogue, N.Y. (2009)
  • Middle Eastern Dance Solo and Troupe performance, Sayville Town Fair, Sayville, N.Y. (2009)
  • Tango exhibition with Barry Masten and Bella Voci Women’s Choir, Christ Church of Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay, N.Y. (2009)
  • Solo Middle Eastern Dance Exhibition, private establishment, Seaford, N.Y. (2009)
  • C.W. Post Benefit Dance Faculty Showcase, Tilles Center, Brookville, N.Y. (2008)
  • Positions Dance Studio Recital, St. John the Baptist High School, West Islip, N.Y. (2008)
  • Swing Street Studios, Farmingdale, N.Y. (2006, 2005, 2004)
  • Ronkonkoma Middle School, Ronkonkoma, N.Y. (2006)
  • Patchogue-Medford High School, Medford, N.Y. (2006)
  • Babylon Village Fair, Babylon Village, N.Y. (2006, 2005)
  • St. John the Baptist High School, West Islip, N.Y. (2006)
  • Guest Dance Exhibitionist, Dance Fever Studio Dance Concert, East Patchogue, N.Y. (2005) Weston Music School, Weston, Conn. (2004)
  • Cactus Hair Salon owner Bill Tarantola, East Northport, N.Y. (2004)

Lectures and Presentations

  • Guest Lecturer and Performer, Musica Viva Outreach Program, East Harlem Middle School, New York City
  • Presenter, “A Question of Balance” SAFPIC Seminar, C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University
  • Presenter, Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society, C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University

Honors/Awards

  • Biography selected and published in Marquis Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who in American Women and Marquis Who’s Who in the World
  • Premiered “Ancient Songs of the Universe – A Rhapsody for Piano and Large Chorus,” composed by Rodger Ames and written for Ms. Watt and maestra Frances C. Roberts, Masterworks Choir, The Cathedral of the Incarnation, Garden City, N.Y.
  • Premiered “Pilate: An Opera in Concert Form,” arranged by Bernard D. Kennedy, Chaminade High School, Mineola, N.Y.
  • Premiered “Mass of the Composers,” arranged by Bernard D. Kennedy, Chaminade High School, Mineola, N.Y.
  • Recipient, Music Achievement Award, The Link’s Incorporated Long Island Chapter, Nassau Community College, Garden City, N.Y.
  • Member, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University
  • Recipient, Certificate of Recognition for Performance from James A Garner, Mayor of the Village of Hempstead, N.Y.

Affiliations

  • Member, The Association of American University Women
  • Member, College Music Society
  • Member, The Islip Arts Council
  • Member, Nassau County Music Educators Association
  • Member, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
  • Member, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society
  • Adjudicator, New York Piano and String Competition
  • Adjudicator, Long Island Philharmonic Young Artist Piano Competition

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