New member, Annata Black, has a wide range of experience in piano performance, music education and somatic practices. Annata’s teaching draws upon a range of study and depth of experience. Her intent is to discover how each student might:
- Access his/her innate musical and somatic intelligence, thus expanding beyond habitual limits.
- Gain the confidence and joy of playing piano developed from careful learning of the craft.
- Discover his/her fulfillment and freedom through an integrated mind, body and spirit.
Annata has studied with such piano luminaries as Rhosina Lhevinne and Jeannine Dowis of the Juilliard School & Aspen School of Music, Gladys Gladstone at the University of Utah (student of Schnaebel), Paul Pollei at Brigham Young University (founder of Gina Bauchauer Competition), Suzanne Rabaud (student of Rachmaninoff).
Black studied at the Juilliard School of Music, as well, holds a B.A. in Musicology(University of Utah) and a B.A. in Music Education (University of Wyoming). She was on the faculty of Western Wyoming College and an Artist-in-Residence for the State of Wyoming – solo recitalist, founder of Prisma Chamber Artists (a touring chamber music ensemble), music educator and curriculum developer for the Integrative Arts for Gifted and Talented Programs. She taught Classroom Music (K-12). As a solo recitalist and chamber music player she performed outreach programs extensively in Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, and Idaho.
Annata has incorporated into her teaching approach principles of Mind/Body Disciples. She holds certifications in Massage, Cranial-Sacral, Touch for Health, Reiki, Human Design, and has studied forms of Qigong & Taiji.
Recognized in the visual arts for her large-scale montage works. Exhibits include solo exhibition at the Kaprissi Galleria, Kuopio, Finland, Turku Galleria, Turku, Finland, Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, California, University of California, Gallery of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, Museum of Modern Art, Stanford University, Stanford Californa, Artis Award, Wyoming Council on the Arts.
Annata’s definition of life is the craft of creative artistry.