Vibraphonist/Composer Ted Piltzecker has performed at jazz and percussion festivals and in clubs throughout the United States and around the globe (Germany, Austria, England, Brazil, The Netherlands, Argentina, Sweden, Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, Japan, and Finland). His albums have been critically acclaimed and influential in both the percussion and jazz worlds
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Piltzecker and his fellow musicians are talented and stylish,
capable of swinging or of creating a more emotive and
reflective atmosphere. His tunes are a delight, and the band
brings out their full potential. - ALL ABOUT JAZZ
Yet further proof that some of the most original and
interesting jazz out there lies somewhere beyond the confines
of the big city club circuit. - LUCID CULTURE
...superb taste, time, sensitivity and swing - all of it evident in
this thoroughly enjoyable collection of thirteen tracks - ALL
'Standing Alone' is both sparse and fruitful, and Piltzecker has
an innate sense to celebrate either virtue.- WBGO
The combined physical skills of a drummer and pianist are
needed to master the vibraphone
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced students
• Ted is an tenured associate professor at the Purchase
Conservatory of Music, State University of New York. He is
the chairman of the innovative Studio Composition department
where both his writing and performing skills contribute to the
education of students aspiring to compose, perform and
produce music. Ted also serves on the jazz faculty.
• Ted has accepted an invitation as a visiting guest artist in
percussion at the Hartt School of Music, University of
Hartford, where he will teach during the spring and fall
semesters of 2010.
• After graduating from the Eastman School, Ted's college
teaching career started as a graduate assistant in jazz at the
Ohio State University where he taught arranging, conducted
and wrote for the big band at OSU. (Winner of best composer
award at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival)
• At the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Ted has taught
improvisation, coached ensembles, and most recently has
been engaged as a special Guest Teaching Artist
concentrating on his specialty, the vibraphone. He has also
been a guest composer and performer at the school.
• As a teacher of arranging/composition and a small group
coach, Ted served as adjunct faculty in the active jazz
department at William Paterson University in New Jersey.
• The Aspen Music Festival, where Ted taught arranging and
improvisation, directed small and large ensembles, and
headed the jazz program, offered college credit for his
courses through the University of Colorado. During his eight
year tenure as jazz director, the program grew substantiall
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