ABOUT KRISTA SEDDON
Steinway artist, Krista Seddon is a pianist, composer, and lecture performance artist. Her current lecture performance tour, Impressionism In Jazz, explores the dynamic cross-pollination among jazz and modern classical artists George Gershwin, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Duke Ellington, Marian McPartland, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, and others. The resulting combustion of sound and inspiration changed the world of music forever and reverberates to this day.
New Book Coming! After thirty years in the making, Ms. Seddon is writing a jazz method book that tells the story of how she conquered the jazz process as a classically trained musician. The course helps pianists of all stripes utilize their skills and training while opening up a world of improvisation and interpretation they never thought possible.
Krista Seddon is a McPartland scholar who worked with Marian McPartland during the last ten years of her career. Publication of their work together can be found at Alfred Music, Marian McPartland Portraits, the Second Set.
Ms. Seddon is Director of Ensembles at the historic Trinity Episcopal Church of Buffalo and maintains a private teaching studio.
Educational and Performance Background: Krista Seddon has undergraduate and advanced degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of North Texas.
Oishei Children’s Hospital awarded her first prize for her arrangement of the Brahms Lullaby which is played by the hospital each time a child is born. Ms. Seddon has been a featured soloist with several orchestras including the Buffalo Philharmonic, as well as orchestral pianist with Broadway musicals and regional orchestras including the Chautauqua Symphony. She has appeared in classical and jazz venues in Europe, Asia, and the United States and plans to take her jazz workshop to schools of music in the US and abroad in the coming year.
"Your concerts go so fast for us, but that is many of hours of study for you, making it look so easy for us...
all that historical background is so interesting and much more than most of us know..." Mrs. Dottie Irwin
"It just relaxes you - it frees you." Pastor of St. John XXIII
"Thank you for welcoming St. John XXIII to your clearly busy schedule...You are indeed a piano virtuoso, but what I admire even more is the way you engage your audience. That's something that one can't learn from piano lessons. It's a gift all its own. And your masterful way of engaging your audience about the music itself is something I wish I had many years ago at my University of Buffalo music theory and history courses. I find myself learning more from you in a couple of hours than what I once learned in full semesters. I hope that you will again return to St. John where you have a nucleus of people that not only enjoy your visits but truly recognize and appreciate great music."
Dan and Gail Berger
"Thank you for making our wedding more special with your beautiful music." Bride from Trinity Church