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Accompanists for Hire

Ben Dorfan
All styles including classical, jazz, rock, pop and musical theater. Specialty in choral accompanying.

Colin Hannon
UCSC staff accompanist, musical theater pianist/music director, church music director. All styles of music.

Nicki Kerns
Excellent sight-reader, fluent in classical, pop, jazz and musical theater.

Lynn Kidder
Instrumental, vocal, & choral. Classical, pop, and show tunes. Vocal coaching: French, German, Italian and Latin.

Carol Panofsky
Reads figured bass and can improvise RH accompaniments from a bass line. Can tune a harpsichord.


Kiefer Taylor

Jazz & Classical pianist with emphasis on improvisation; available for solo, collaborative or background
music.


Other Musicians for Hire

Mary Jane Cope – Piano, Presenter

Available as presenter, collaborator, chamber musician, duo/duet pianist, soloist (specialty 20th/21st century music).

Ben Dorfan – Piano

Piano solo, chamber music, composition and arranging in multiple styles.

Roger Emanuels – Cello

Available for solo cello performance for private occasions.

Rose Georgi – Piano

Entertainment with classical, pops, film & show tunes, jazz music for parties or special occasions.

Nicki Kerns – Piano, string bass, electric bass, voice

Cocktail/background pianist for special events. And The Raytones: children’s rock band; jazz or classic rock for adults.

Lynn Kidder – Piano

Solo, duo-piano and chamber. Classical, pop, ragtime, showtunes, cocktail.

Nancy Kvam – Violin, Viola

All musical genres. Music for special occasions/weddings. String duo, trio, quartet. Violinist in Santa Cruz Symphony.

Carol Panofsky – Oboe, early winds, Piano

Oboe, d’amore, Eng horn: 440 Baroque oboe, d’amore, da caccia: 415 Renaissance, transitional, baroque recorders: 440 & 415
Classical oboe: 430

Ryan Pate – Guitar


Vivian Simon – Flute

Available for concerts & special events. Brazilian, Latin, Jazz band. Also Classical duo, trio, quartet. Videos at www.sambacruz.com



Kiefer Taylor – Piano

Jazz & Classical pianist with emphasis on improvisation; available for solo, collaborative or background music.