I Started Young...
I started playing the piano when I was about six years old...and haven't stopped since. Although the foundation of my piano training is classical, I was fortunate to study under Robin Chadwick (Centralia, WA), who helped me explore my interest in jazz and blues, which continues to this day.
Over the years, I have played for ballet classes, accompanied voice lessons, and been the keyboardist for a variety of theatre productions.
But what I most enjoy doing as a pianist is accompanying singers, especially when there is an element of improvisation involved. I love the dance that takes place between the keyboard and the vocalist. And as an organist, there is nothing more satisfying than accompanying strong congregational hymn singing.
"Geoff is a wonderful musician. His technical facility is impressive; he is a sensitive accompanist; his improvisational and interpretive skills are astounding. Not only is he a fine pianist, but his organ skills often inspire applause ... He is stylistically fluent, and can move effortlessly from Handel to Mozart to a swinging gospel tune."
-Julie Olsen, Soprano
B. Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music
MFA, University of Washington
PIANO: An original improvisation on "Be Still, My Soul," the hymn tune FINLANDIA by Jean Sibelius
PIANO: An original improvisation on the hymn "My Jesus, I Love Thee"
ORGAN: Introduction on the hymn tune "All Glory, Laud, and Honor"
ORGAN: "When In Our Music, God is Glorified"
Winnetka Presbyterian Church
PIANO: Improvisation on "I Wonder As I Wander" - Geoff Duffy, piano; Patrick Mulcahey, string bass; Jonathan Schang, drums; Andy McCausland, marimba