- Concert Pianist, Composer & Recording Artist
Carol Comune’s technical precision and lyricism has earned her a reputation as one of today’s premiere pianists, performing extensively throughout the eastern United States both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. She has been featured artist in Boston at the New England Conservatory of Music, the Gardner Museum, the Art Complex at Duxbury, and the Longfellow National Historic Site. She was featured at Lincoln Center and Steinway Hall in New York City, Flagler Museum, Kravis Center in Palm Beach and her recitals have been featured on National Public Radio. In 2010, Ms. Comune became faculty member at Westminster Conservatory of Music - Young Artist Program as a Chamber Coach and for performance classes, private piano and accompanist for singers and instrumentalists in Princeton, NJ. She has judged for MTNA - NJ Auditions, Shore Music Educators Association and for PBCMTA Original Compositions Competition. A multi-talented musician as a teacher, composer and recording artist, Ms. Comune has produced through her company Elegant Entertainment & Co. (BMI) founded in 1985 eight albums: “Intracoastal”, 1990; “Echoes from Coquina”, 1991, “Farm of Dreams”, 1993; “Carousel Classics”, 1994; “Season of the Light”, 1997 ; “Little Gems”, 1999; “Soliloquy of the Soul” and “Season of the Light”- A collection of Advent and Christmas Carols, 2008. They include original compositions in the New Age genre, popular arrangements and classical repertoire. Her critically acclaimed albums are featured on commercial stations and National Public Radio in the United States and on broadcasting stations in the Far East, Canada, Europe and the World Wide Web.
In 1997, Ms. Comune was accepted into the distinguished worldwide artist roster of Steinway & Sons for her exceptional performance achievement. Founded in 2006, Comune Music Press - has published new pedagogical works for Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced repertoire for teachers who seek rewarding pianistic experiences for their students. These works include: “Gealyn and Me”-(Fantasies for the Young), four piano duets; Suite for Sleeping Beauty for solo piano; ”Season of the Light” for piano with optional voice, violin and treble instruments; “Variations” for Piano on O God, Our Help in Ages Past (18th Century Hymn of William Croft) and a preview of upcoming works from, “The Nightingale” based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson. Her music was premiered in Boston at the Rivers School 30th Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music, New York Steinway’s Hall and has given presentations for the Palm Beach County Music Teachers Association; Jupiter, FL and the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association at Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA and New England Conservatory Pedagogy, Boston, MA. Ms. Comune’s music will be featured in the Piano Teachers Forum Festival in New Jersey, 2012.
Since 1973, Ms. Comune maintained an active performing and teaching career in the Boston area and Palm Beach County. Over the years she was a faculty member at the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School, Berklee College of Music, The New School of Music, Northeastern University, Palm Beach Atlantic University and The Conservatory at Lynn University. Ms. Comune has taught, coached, judged and accompanied hundreds of students, many of whom have been recipients of achievement awards and winners of competitions for performance. Ms. Comune is a member of the New England Piano Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, PBCMTA, FSMTA, NJMTA, PMTA and the PBC Cultural Council. In 1996-2000, Ms. Comune was Competition Scholarship Chair for Palm Beach County Music Teachers Association and in 2004-2005 Commissioning Composer Chair for Florida State Music Teachers Association.
Carol Comune started her piano studies at the age of three and received a scholarship for piano and solfege to study with Music Director and alumnus of the Paris Conservatoire, Mme. Yvonne Combe at the French School of Music in Plainfield, New Jersey. Ms. Comune is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, Massachusetts (BM in Piano Performance with David Hagan); continued graduate studies in Piano Pedagogy with Jean Stackhouse (NEC); Composition with John Felice (NEC), Donald Waxman and influential mentor concert pianist Anthony di Bonaventura. Ms. Comune and her daughter resides in Easton, PA with their Miniature Eskimo Sleeping Beauty.