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Reflection (Kile Smith)

Prelude and Fugue in E flat major (Camille Saint-Säens)

Live performance of Piece d'orgue BWV 572 (J.S. Bach)

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Playing James MacMillan's Te Deum at the National AGO Convention

Sonata No. 7 (Joseph Rheinberger)

columba descendens (Gregory W. Brown)

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Prelude in a minor BWV 543 (J.S. Bach)

Prelude and Fugue in D Major BWV 532 (J.S. Bach)

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Piano (Jazz)



Everything happens to me

Like being in love

Call Me

They can't take that away from me

Prelude to a kiss

A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square

Stella by Starlight

Sophisticated Lady

Easy Living

Blue and Green

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Polka Dots and Moonbeams | They Say It's Wonderful | Wade in the Water (with Sarah Tannehill Anderson and Ben Harris)

He's Got the Whole World | The Nearness of You | The Days of Wine and Roses (with Ben Harris)

All the Things You Are (with Justin Lepard)

Tenor Madness Solo

Straight No Chaser (with Justin Lepard)

They Can't Take That Away From Me (with Justin Lepard)

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Piano (Classical)


Chamber Music

Impromptu in E flat Major (Franz Schubert)

Allegro Marcato from Sonata no. 1 (Alberto Ginastera)

Allegro Moderato from Sonata No. 3 (Frederick Chopin)

Etude Op 25 No 1 (Frederick Chopin)

Partita No. 2 (J.S. Bach)

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Let Us Garlands Bring - Gerald Finzi (with Joshua Lawlor)

The Lark of Avignon (Kevin Hanlon)

Villa-Lobos and Beach with Nick May

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Carol Ragnarok

In order to entertain students one year in December, I would start class by asking them to pick a Christmas carol and a composer, and I would play the carol in the style of the composer. Eventually, I started posting them online and getting requests from all over the country. My friend John Conahan also contributes to what we have come to call our annual Carol Ragnarok.

Rachmaninov God Rest Ye

Duruflé Personent Hodie


Clementi O Tannenbaum


Pasek and Paul Good King Wenceslas

Dowland Mary Did You Know

Classical Theme and Variations on the Dreidel Song

Stride Here Comes Santa Claus

Baroque Trio Sonata on Picardy

Hank Jones Away in a Manger

Bach/Gounod/Knecht Ave Maria

Ginastera Carol of the Bells

French Toccata O Holy Night

Chopin It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Parumpapumaphone (feat. Zach Knecht)

Tavener Veni Emmanuel

Shostakovich I Want a Hippopotamus

Bill Evans Silent Night

Dupré Carol of the Bells

Professor Long Hair Here comes Santa Claus

Klarg-Elert Frosty the Snowman

Erroll Garner Winter Wonderland

William Schumann O Little Town of Bethlehem

George Clinton Brink a Torch Jeanette Isabella

Bartok Little Drummer Boy

Schubert Angels We Have Heard On High

Widor What Child Is This?

Mendelssohn Santa Baby

Bartok Wexford Carol

Mozart O Come All Ye Faithful

Finzi O Come Emmanuel

DuFay Angels We Have Heard

Rameau Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Ives Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Jobim Tonus Peregrinus

Fauré Rocking around the Christmas Tree

Respighi Coventry Carol

John Adams Jingle Bell Rock

Bach Auld Lang Syne

Brahms Last Christmas

Sondheim Little Drummer Boy

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Chopin It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Jongen Hark the Herald

John Adams O Come Emmanuel

Rameau Someday at Christmas

Ginastera Willie Take Your Drum

Jobim Christmas Time is Here

Monk A Stable Lamp is Lighted

Mozart Sweet Little Jesus Boy

Beethoven Theme and variations on O Tannenbaum

Bud Powell Go Tell It on the Mountain

Corelli Still, still, still

Jobim Chipmunk Song

Chopin (Darke) In the Bleak Mid-Winter

Joplin plays Britten's Wolcum Yole

Thelonius Monk Little Drummer Boy

Cage In the Bleak mid-Winter

Schubert Little Drummer Boy

Bartok I Wonder as I Wander

Schumann Christmas Song

Ravel Go Tell it on the Mountain

Henry Cowell Sleigh Ride

Shostakovich I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

Schumann You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

Milhaud O Tannenbaum

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Rorem The First Noel

Justin Heinrich Knecht Good King Wenceslas

Brahms Last Christmas

Henry Cowell Coventry Carol

Liszt O Tannenbaum

Ravel What Child is This?

Britten In Dulci Jubilo

Chopin We Three Kings

Langlais Away in the Manger

Erroll Garner Veni Emmanuel

Pärt I want a hippopotamus

Poulenc Angels We Have Heard

Reger Boar's Head Carol

Ginastera Shepherd's Pipe Carol

Milhaud Mi Oshiv

Stravinsky All I Want for Christmas

Glass Lo How a Rose

Brubeck Take 5 Veni Emmanuel

Copland Good King Wenceslas

Schubert 'Die Forelle' (S)hark the Herald

Duruflé Feliz Navidad

Handel Grandma Got Run Over

Bartok Let it Snow

Debussy What Child is This?

Handel You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch

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Keith Jarret The Holly and the Ivy

Ligeti Boar's Head Carol

Britten Little Drummer Boy

Debussy All I Want for Christmas

Stravinsky Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Lauridsen The First Noel

Boogie Woogie While Shepherds

Satie Veni Emmanuel

Brahms It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Handel Frosty the Snowman

Ligeti Carol of the Bells

Stravinsky Fum Fum Fum

Milhaud Coventry Carol

Debussy Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Chopin I Want a Hippopotamus

Duruflé Christmas Shoes

Piazolla O Little Town of Bethlehem

Debussy Bring a Torch

Cecil Taylor Silent Night

Chopin Grandma Got Run Over

Schubert Christmas Song

Vivaldi In the bleak mid-Winter

Grieg Angels We Have Heard

Chopin Blue Christmas

Bernstein Here Comes Santa Claus

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With others

Live improv request on Angels We Have Heard on High

Free Improv on Go Tell It on the Mountain

A Child is Born/Silent Night

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Pancham (Mondegreen with Jonah Sirota)

Rikud (Mondegreen with Jonah Sirota)

Hanon from Hell (Mondegreen with Jonah Sirota)

CURRENTly (Mondegreen with Jonah Sirota)

Free Improv with Sarah Anderson

Improvising on Just As I Am with Sarah Anderson
Live improv on Amazing Grace (with Sarah Anderson)

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Live in concert

Gigging Stories Podcast

The Death of Bun Bun (live)

2 Weddings and a Funeral (live)

The organist as social worker (live)

Just a gigolo (live)

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Episode 1 Bonnie Kramer

Episode 2 John Conahan

Episode 3 Lindsey Lang

Episode 4 Jason Mendelssohn

Episode 5 Sarah Anderson

Episode 6 Jonathan Weidler

Episode 7 Beth Richey-Sullivan

Episode 8 Matt McGee

Episode 9 Dale Robinson

Episode 10 Kristen Chittenden

Episode 11 Mike Winger

Episode 12 Kevin Hanlon

Episode 13 John Conahan 2

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