Bob Swift – Piano, Voice
Bob has over 40 years experience as music performer and teacher. Earning his Bachelor of Music degree from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, he studied piano pedagogy under Henry Black and pipe organ under Gerald Brown. He studied voice and choral methods under Jerri Ann Bond of Catholic University, Washington, DC. Bob has advanced training in Kodaly and Orff teaching methods, which he received at the Academy of Music in Vienna, Austria.
As a performer, Bob concertized as pipe organist, harpsichordist, pianist, and baritone vocalist throughout Virginia and the DC area. He has many years of teaching experience, serving as a faculty member of Woodberry Forest School in Orange, Virginia, and the Potomac Organ Institute, Washington, DC.
He has held executive positions with the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. For 33 years in Northern Virginia, Bob was organist/choirmaster, certified music director/administrator, lecturer in hymnody, consultant in pipe organ design, and composer of numerous symphonic works for double choir and orchestra.
He recently moved to Warrenton from Richmond where he taught piano and voice at Richmond Piano and also maintained a private studio in his home. Bob’s extensive training and experience along with his passion and love for music make him an excellent teacher for beginner and advanced students alike.
He shares … “Music is like a close, personal friend; it never leaves you, nor forsakes you. Its charismatic spirit becomes an extension of your inward self, while its contagious appeal remains a mystery. As teacher, I seek to instill within the student this extra dimension of self, moving beyond rudiments of technique to achieve mature expressions of the art.”