Nancy Garniez: Soloist; chamber musician; innovative teacher of students of all ages; author, in addition to numerous articles: What Might It Mean? An Uncommon Glossary of Musical Terms and Concepts for the Stuck, Bored, and Curious, 1999. Ms. Garniez is the creator of TONAL Refraction® a method that enables individuals to visualize the difference between their innate perception of tone and the abstractions they have learned in order to master the theoretical and technical aspects of music. Created in 1993, it has proven to be a powerful restorative tool in a broad range of cases of musical need, from chronic pain to inability to read music-even to focal dystonia. For more information click on the tonalrefraction link. Born and raised in Chicago (where she studied with the beloved Chauncey L. Griffith) Nancy Caballero Garniez has played the piano all her life, but spent her undergraduate years concentrating on the organ, which she studied with Fenner Douglass, and subsequently on a Fulbright grant with Helmut Walcha in Frankfurt am Main. She has many years of experience as a liturgical musician in addition to her other professional activities. For over 25 years she led an a cappella singing group as an experiment to enable people to sight-sing music of all styles in tune. Her teaching career began with an appointment at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. She has lived in New York City since 1961 and taught at the Mannes College Preparatory and Extension Divisions since 1972. In 1983 she was inspired to form Alaria Chamber Ensemble as a not-for-profit Corporation in NY State. (As of 2008 she is no longer associated with Alaria.) From 1984 - 2008 she was Coordinator of Chamber Music in a highly successful program that she initiated in 1975 at the Extension Division of Mannes College The New School for Music in New York City. In some circles she is best known as the mother of singer/ song-writer/versatile accordionist/claviolist/ pianist/player-of-the-plastic-bells Rachelle Garniez. In other circles she is known as the mother of a mean French horn player, Jacob. The Haydn / Bartok CD is the fulfillment of her lifelong dream of producing a live, intimate, unedited performance using state-of-the-art audio equipment and engineering. What you hear on the CD is awfully close to what she hears when she plays the piano. Well-known as an innovative teacher and performer, she is the author of What Might It Mean? An Uncommon Glossary of Musical Terms and Concepts for the Stuck, Bored, and Curious, published in 1999. (The book was described by fiction writer Leonard Michaels as: "a remarkably interesting book...[that] gives exquisite attention to the fundamental expressive powers of the human voice....I would be surprised if it didn't become indispensable for many people." Track 1 of this CD was one of the top 50 Classical picks on americanidolunderground, March, 2006.