On the Path
Welcome, and thanks so much for coming to my website! I am a contemporary and classical pianist, accompanist, composer, inspirational singer-songwriter, piano teacher and healthy body usage/musicians' wellness specialist residing in Portland, Oregon. Feel free to take a breath, relax and make yourself at home...
- private piano lessons
- vocal & instrumental accompanying
- use-related injury prevention/rehabilitation, Body Mapping & musicians' wellness training
- guest performances at churches
- wedding ceremony music
- music for gala events and private parties
- music for retreats
After graduating from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Division, Gary Skye M.Mus. studied piano at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He then earned a B.A. in psychology at Stanford University and a master's degree in piano performance at Portland State University, studying with Lisa Marsh. Equally comfortable with contemporary and classical genres, Gary has performed solo concerts in many parts of the U.S. and has collaborated with nationally and internationally touring artists including NY City Opera mezzo soprano Jennifer Rivera, Broadway singer Charles Holt, members of the Lion King's national touring cast, contemporary inspirational singers Karl Anthony, Charley Thweatt, Laura Berman, Gypsy Soul, Shantala, Jami Lula, Nadine Risha and Lauri Jones, and contemporary fingerstyle guitarist Michael Mandrell.
A prolific singer-songwriter and composer of solo piano music, Gary co-wrote two songs on Lauri Jones' critically acclaimed 2015 album release, "Walk Your Life". Gary's debut solo piano album, a mix of classical and originals entitled "The Pathlighters and the Traveler", was released in 2011. Upcoming album releases of his many original inspirational songs and piano compositions are planned in the near future.
An active collaborative pianist, Gary is the accompanist for the Oregon Chamber Singers, the Portland Boychoir and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy's regional auditions. He works as a frequent freelance accompanist at Portland State University, George Fox University, Lewis and Clark College and University of Portland. He also enjoys accompanying middle and high school solo ensemble competitions and the NATS competition. Gary has previously held positions as a staff accompanist and vocal coach for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Sonoma State University’s Dept. of Music, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.As a teacher, Gary feels honored to be able to help others unleash the music within them with greater physical ease and expressivity. He has been a piano class instructor at Portland State University and has taught a "Wellness for Musicians" class on the adjunct faculty of Marylhurst University. Also adept at working with private piano students of all ages and levels, Gary meets each student where they are at on their musical path and incorporates diverse musical styles in his instruction (classical, jazz, and popular). He is a specialist in the areas of improvisation/composition, musician's wellness/injury prevention and Body Mapping.
Gary is the Wednesday Music Ministry Lead at New Thought Center for Spiritual Living in Lake Oswego, OR and has served both as a church music director and as a frequent guest singer-songwriter/pianist for numerous congregations across the country. He feels extremely grateful to be able to spread ripples of inner peace, love, and unity through his contemporary inspirational songs and solo piano music.
Additional Honors ~
Accompanied 4 Oregon NATS Competition winners (musical theater & classical) in 2014, 2015 and 2016
Accompanied 5 singers & instrumentalists who advanced to the state level of the Oregon Solo/Ensemble Competition (2016)
2-Time National Champion of the Yamaha National Electone Keyboard Festival
Chosen as the pianist in the Northwest region to represent Shigeru Kawai in their Artist and Artisan concert series (2013)
Inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society
Awarded full-tuition fellowship to study at Aspen Music School
Gary's Debut Album
Just click on the "music" tab above to hear samples from and/or buy my debut release, The Pathlighters and the Traveler. While you're listening, you can read interesting notes about each track, all of which were recorded live on a 9-foot Steinway grand. Though my career path now revolves more around my original music, I've also studied and performed classical piano for decades and have chosen to honor my musical roots by initially releasing a mostly classical album - an homage to those composers who lit my musical path. In addition to some of my favorite inspiring piano works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Brahms, Schumann, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff, The Pathlighters and the Traveler features two of my own compositions, a foreshadowing of future all-original CDs. It's an inspirational yet inexpensive gift for any occasion, and I've intentionally kept the price low, hoping to share my music with as many people as possible.
Contact Gary ~
Photos of Gary by Jamie Voelker