The Annie Moses Summer Music Festival offers pianists high-level instruction in classical technique, commercial and jazz performance, music theory, composition & arranging, songwriting, and live performance coaching.
At the Festival our focus is on nurturing musical community. We not only offer one on one guidance in piano performance, but also incorporate the piano into a wider band context so you can experience commercial performance on a professional stage with other passionate players.
You'll get to participate in high-energy shows in some of Nashville's best venues!
“What kind of music will I play?"
Everything from Beethoven to Count Basie to Gershwin. It’s a musical kaleidoscope!
“How much practice/rehearsal is there?”
The Festival is not for the faint of heart - we have multiple shows to prepare! Each student is "cast" in at least two performances. It's mere days to get two shows prepped, polished and performed!
“Will I get experience playing a variety of genres?”
Yes - the Festival immerses you in a variety of styles from Jazz to Classical to Pop.
“What makes the Piano Track unique?”
Our arrangements are original and tailor-written by some of the best arrangers in the business. Also you get an extraordinary live performance experience at a great venue with other passionate players.
“How many piano pieces can you fit into a show?”
Pianists are given featured moments at Festival events consistent with their skill level. However, due to the nature of the instrument, pianists are also asked to select a secondary instrument or craft to maximize their involvement in our live performances.
Bill Wolaver received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Oklahoma City University. He is a prolific and renowned composer and arranger in Nashville, TN, working with multiple publishing companies. He and his wife, Robin, have been involved with Christian music for over 20 years, with songs, musicals, and arrangements published by a number of leading Christian publishers. Together, they composed Make His Praise Glorious, recorded by Sandi Patty and nominated for Dove Award for 'Song of the Year.' In addition, they have received an ASCAP Award for 'Inspirational Song of the Year.' He is also the pianist/composer/arranger for the Annie Moses Band. He offers numerous arrangements and compositions at ManAlivePublishing.com.
Camille DaSilva is a harpist, pianist, and B3 player living in Nashville, TN. She travels professionally as a member of the Annie Moses Band. The group has released numerous albums including the chart-topping American Rhapsody and This Glorious Christmas as well as two PBS specials including the Emmy-nominated The Art of the Love Song. Camille made her debut with the Annie Moses Band at Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry.
Camille has won multiple awards and accolades for classical piano and harp. She has studied with master pedagogues: on harp, Emily Mitchell (Eastman School of Music), Licia Jaskunas (Indiana University, Eastman School of Music), and Marian Shaffer (Memphis State University) of Vanderbilt University and, on piano, Amy Dorfman (Indiana University School of Music), Dr Jerome Reed (Catholic University of America; Middle Tennessee State University); Viktoria Mushkatkol (Kiev Music School, St Petersburg Conservatory, University of Illinois) of the Juilliard School of Music in NYC.
William Alexson is a pianist and composer based in Boston, Massachusetts. His music education began at the age of seven with a foundation in the classical piano repertoire, and it grew to include jazz improvisation around age fifteen. He began his formal jazz piano studies at Belmont University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.M. in Commercial Music.
Alexson is currently pursuing an M.M. in Jazz Studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he is the recipient of the Presidential Distinction Award. His private teachers at the conservatory have included pianists Frank Carlberg and Jason Moran.
In 2013 he was the recipient of the Belmont University Dean’s Advisory Council Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music. In 2016 he was awarded Second Place in the historic Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. In 2017 he was awarded the Bösendorfer Silver Award at the American Jazz Pianist Competition.
As a music educator, Alexson has had the privilege of teaching piano, music theory, and improvisation at several high schools and music camps, including Ensworth High School, Chattanooga Christian School, and the Fine Arts Summer Academy.