DANEL BROOKS, Bethany (USA)
Bethany Danel Brooks is a freelance pianist and piano teacher in the greater Philadelphia area. She holds the BMus in piano performance from Houghton College in Houghton, NY, the MMus in piano performance and the LRAM piano teaching licentiate from the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the MMus in collaborative piano and chamber music from Temple University, where she studied with Lambert Orkis. Bethany has played in master classes of Gilbert Kalish, Katsunori Ishii, and Santiago Rodriguez, and was a prizewinner in the 2001 Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition, where she performed for György Sándor.
Among other places, Bethany has performed as a soloist and collaborative artist in Philadelphia, New York, Nashville, London, Mexico City, Odessa, and Istanbul. She is a frequent pianist for the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Philharmonic. Bethany has served as staff pianist for the Crescendo Summer Institute since 2008 and is a faculty member at Csehy Summer School of Music in Houghton, NY.
Bethany’s musical interests vary widely. Her classical chamber duo, the Brooks Delaney Duo, performs standard and newly composed works for piano and cello. She is an active participant in the Philadelphia folk and rock music scene, singing and playing keyboard and accordion with several bands. Her solo recording project, Quarry Street Hymnal, reflects both classical and folk influences and is the product of more than a decade of writing new music for old hymn texts.
Bethany is Director of Musical Worship at City Church, a congregation in West Philadelphia. Since 2007, Bethany has volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for a child in Philadelphia’s foster care system.