American pianist Patryce King strongly advocates for cultivating the arts in society. She believes whole-heartedly that building a relationship between your art, your music, and your life contributes value to the world. In her opinion, we all hold the responsibility of cultivating our spiritual gifts, providing deeper connection to one another through sharing our talents. True self-reflection happens during the pure act of practice.
Patryce is Artistic Director of her own private piano business, King Studios. For each individual student, Ms. King designs a personal course of study to enhance the strengths of that student. Her students have been accepted to the Oberlin Conservatory and to other prestigious music schools in Austin, Texas, including the very selective collaborative piano program at McCallum Fine Arts High School. Patryce helps students fall in love with learning and listening, traits which in turn develop compassionate leaders.
Patryce’s formal education started at Southeast Missouri State University under the tutelage of Juilliard trained professor James Sifferman. Mia Hines at Central Missouri State University, esteemed student of the great Menahem Pressler, trained Patryce during her master’s study in piano pedagogy. She has served as First Vice President for the Austin District Music Teachers Association, is Coordinator for the Primary Division of the Austin Chamber Music Center, and a chosen performing teacher for Piano Texas, a workshop closely informed by adjudicators of the Van Cliburn Competition.
Patryce is proud to offer her ongoing Full Moon Satellite Series, a concert series designed to welcome those who would not ordinarily attend a classical music program. She has played in coffee shops, bars, and even on bridges! Music is for everyone, everywhere, all the time.
Most recently, Patryce is Grande Prize winner of the Socrates Teaching Grant from the Acton Academy, a private school honoring project-based teaching styles. Patryce reinvested her cash prize by hosting a memorable concert titled “All Things Blue” recording Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the UT Wind Ensemble. Digital recordings and records will be ready for purchase by Thanksgiving 2018.
To experience Patryce King in action at the piano is to experience joy. Her charismatic style makes audiences believe that through sound and a cultivated expression of practice, change happens…positive, peaceful and lasting transformation.