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I was able to hold two recitals as planned on Saturday, March 6. My dad passed away the week before and despite canceling lessons for a week, my students pulled off their performances.

I shared a story about my dad and my senior recital in college. The music building was under construction and my recital was set for the West Institute (now Fine Arts West) at the University of Utah. My dad heard me complaining about the piano I would be playing and he secretly did something about it. He rented me an amazing one. When I found out, I had no idea what a fabulous piano a Fazioli was. I admit I was annoyed with my dad. I needed to play the piano before renting it to be sure I liked the sound, the action…the things that would help my performance. My dad responded, “How bad can a $95,000 piano be?” I tried it and loved it. I had lessons at Baldassin Pianos in North Salt Lake before store hours and it saved me a trip to Kaysville where my teacher was living at the time. Now I live near the site of the piano store. (It has since moved to Draper, Utah). My dad forgave me for my initial comments and I will forever be grateful for the sacrifice of my dad to make my event unforgettable.

By gillpianostudio

Barbara Bryner Gill--Whether playing the piano or singing, Barbara has always enjoyed making music. She holds two music degrees from the University of Utah: a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, and a Master of Arts in Musicology. While attending the University of Utah her teachers included Barlow Bradford, Gladys Gladstone Rosenberg, and Vedrana Subotic.

Barbara regularly performs in the community, and has played for weddings, ceremonies, and special events for over a decade. She has been a choir member of the Utah Chamber Artists since 1999 and is also the Librarian and Administrative Assistant. In addition to teaching private piano lessons and musicianship classes, Barbara has been involved in arts administration holding positions such as the Administrative Coordinator for the Maurice Abravanel Visiting Distinguished Composers Series, and the Marketing Assistant for the Virtuoso Series at the University of Utah. Barbara is also involved in the Salt Lake Piano Competition.

An active member of the Utah Music Teachers Association, Barbara is a past president of the Jordan River chapter. She is Nationally Certified through the Music Teachers National Association and received her Permanent Professional Certified Teacher of Music status in 2015. Her students participate in a variety of performing experiences including the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) festivals. Barbara and her husband have three boys and a girl (named after a concert hall).

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