There is no doubt that after 33 years of teaching, piano and harpsichord instructor Gail Olszewski loves music so much, that her hope is to pass along her own passion for music and how fun it is to play the piano to her own students. She likes to think she’s training not just pianists, but musicians! She has been teaching classical, with some pop thrown in, at MacPhail since 2000. Gail is also a Vocal and Chamber Music coach.
Gail’s performance career has taken her across the globe, from Canada, Europe, Central America to Australia. Closer to home, she has been soloist and collaborator with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra; performed a piano concerto with the Minneapolis Philharmonic, rehearsal pianist for Ordway Center for the Arts productions; and pianist and musical director for venues such as the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Loring Playhouse, and the Nautilus Theater.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish/music history/harpsichord from the University of New Hampshire, a Master of Music in piano performance from Boston University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in accompanying/coaching from the University of Minnesota.
“Instructor has excellent suggestions for how to improve our ensemble performance as individuals and as a group.” –MacPhail Student