Artists in Residence Program

The Songdog Artist in Residence program is a loose partnership that connects some of the area’s top musicians with up and coming students of music at Songdog.  These artists have spent a lifetime honing their craft and enjoy the opportunity to give back to the area that has supported them over the years.

Songdog students gain great benefit by seeing what the highest level of music performance looks like and what they can aspire to be one day.  When possible these artists are available for enhanced lessons or to participate in a Songdog camp or Workshop.

Our resident artists foster the creative drive that makes Songdog one of the top music training services in N.E. Ohio.

Heidi Albert

jay albertHeidi Albert is a cellist you should hear. Contemporary classical crossover is a growing new niche and rightly so. It takes more than just a cool idea to deliver good music that gets people motivated to attend an event. Heidi delivers. With an impressive resume from years in the orchestra/chamber music fields, Heidi’s instrumental skill is hard to beat. She balances this with an extensive grasp of popular music. She plays the kind of music that makes people say “Aw, cool!”

Heidi’s current program is based on her new CD Purple Shades. She uses samples, beats and layered recordings to craft catchy instrumentals…you hear a whole roomful of Heidi’s!

Bill Mize

jay albertApplauded by critics and guitar enthusiasts alike for his composition, tone, emotion and smooth multi-part style, Tennessee composer Bill Mize is a “guitarist’s guitarist” who appears on many “top player” lists world wide. A past winner of the Winfield National Finger-Style Guitar Competition at the Walnut Valley Festival in Kansas, Bill is often recognized for his understated virtuosity, creative arrangements and memorable compositions.

Bill received a GRAMMY Award for his collaboration with storyteller David Holt on the recording Stellaluna, and has been featured on the popular guitar compilations “Windham Hill Guitar Sampler” by Windham Hill Records and “Masters of the Acoustic Guitar” by Narada Records. In 2009, Bill’s music appeared in the newest Ken Burns’ documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”. Mel Bay Productions transcribed Mize’s second CD, Tender Explorations, into a songbook, and his original compositions have been transcribed for Fingerstyle Guitar and Acoustic Guitar Magazines.

Bill is a frequent clinician / performer at guitar festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival’s Guitar Weekend, Healdsburg Guitar Festival in California, The Newport Guitar Festival in Rhode Island, and The Chet Atkins Appreciation Society’s Festival in Tennessee. While drawing inspiration from legends of mountain music, soul, jazz, folk and rock, his original music has been described as varying from delicate appalachian highland melodies to greasy Memphis grooves, performed in such a smooth yet syncopated fashion, you’d swear there was another guitarist on stage. Rather than only rely on wowing with his impressive “chops”, Bill draws an audience in with his composition, emotion and tone.

Pizzicato4

jay albertAudiences love the lush sound and cutting-edge repertoire of Pizzicato 4. Concerts are fun and energetic, filled with an eclectic mix of styles and sounds.

Pizzicato 4 blends contemporary sounds, from tangos to jazz to rock songs and even some spicy classics. A broad range of gifted composers and arrangers make the adventurous repertoire possible. Premieres and works unique to the group are common fare.

With their technologically advanced sound manipulation, Pizzicato 4 breaks new ground in cello technique and use of electronic sound manipulation, propelling cello performance with a great leap forward into the 21st century. They’re cool.

Michael Searching Bear

jay albertMichael is an accomplished musician who’s love for music and search for his native heritage led him to the crafting and playing the Native American Wood Flute. These new talents are on top of over 35 years of experience as a performing and studio drummer and percussionist.

Michael’s musical recordings and performances have spanned a huge range, from solo flute to full rock ensemble. Currently he is presenting solos and small ensemble performances that weave traditional sounds with intriguing new compositions.

Rocky River Watershed

jay albertAnd exciting and creative group  playing violins, guitars, and basses, Oh My!

 

 

 

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