We are so blessed! It is amazing to look at our Studio of the Arts roster and see the pages upon pages of students enrolled… It is wonderful! It is incredible! It is humbling. Thank you for entrusting us with your music education. It means the world to us to be able to teach what we love, to students who yearn to learn the technical and expressive components of music, but also the deep love of playing music.

With such an influx of piano students in the Studios, we opened up two job openings for teaching piano – and it didn’t take long to find one exceptional teacher.

So may I present: Joseph O’Rourke

Joseph is a classical pianist born and raised in New York City. Joseph was born into a family of musicians, his mother being a jazz pianist and vocalist while his father a jazz drummer. His relatives include his Grandfather Al Levitt and Uncle Sean Levitt O’Rourke who are both widely recognized in the international jazz community. Joseph has studied at The Juilliard School and Westminster Choir College in Princeton. He studied Music Theory under Derek Weiland, Piano Pedagogy under Paul Sheftel and Piano under the renown Taiwanese Concert Pianist Shih-Yi Chiang. His performances include substantial works by Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Debussy, Bach, Mozart and Chopin. Joseph has taught piano for 8 years, and currently resides happily in Rapid City with close family as of June of this year.

 

Joseph is ecstatic to be back teaching, and hopes that his lessons with his students not only inspire them to be the best musician they can be, but that music becomes a life long activity.

Are you looking for a traditional approach, with a contemporary twist to learning the piano? Come in and talk to Joseph!