My Musical Mishaps

by Anna Ferraro | June 13, 2018 We’ve all had them. Like the moment when the keyboard goes dead in the middle of a live performance. When we walk on stage to collaborate with an artist and realize that we were handed the wrong set of accompaniment music. The fun of sight-reading under the spotlight. And more. From my early days as a nine-year-old church pianist, to the many professional piano jobs and concerts that I now take, every one has had its quirks and unpredictabilities. Life as a professional pianist is never dull, and as such, I wouldn’t trade the … Read More

The Great Romantics

by Anna Ferraro | May 31, 2018 Last weekend, I had the opportunity to perform a concert alongside of two highly talented area artists. Together, we compiled some of the greatest pieces of art, poetry, song, and music from the Romantic Era, and performed it as a benefit concert for the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Here is a transcript of the short lecture I gave in the concert prior to my performance of a Chopin nocturne. “As you’ve seen so far, in the Romantic era, music, literature, and art expanded to greater heights and depths of expression than ever before. In Music, … Read More

New Release: Where Glory Dwells

by Anna Ferraro | September 27th, 2017 This summer, I embarked on another album recording adventure… this time, with a new stylistic twist – a collection of “riverside hymns and spirituals….” As I thought about the direction to take this album, I began in the same place I began with my previous album – reflecting on the journey the Lord has me on in life right now. Over this past year, God has been leading me to find all of my joy in Him, regardless of what circumstances in my life looked like. In this broken world, Christ is our joy, … Read More

“Miss Anna’s” Pedagogy Values

by Anna Ferraro | September 1st, 2017 As the 2017 school year opened, and I welcomed a swarm of new students into my studio, I took some time to reflect on my teaching values that have built the studio that I have today. It was refreshing to remind myself and my students in our reflections why we do what we do each time we have a lesson together… Here are my reflections on my music pedagogy values: I believe that music is one of the greatest gifts that God has given us. It’s a gift that we can carry with us … Read More

The Story Behind “Haven of Rest”

by Anna Ferraro | August 1st, 2017 I grew up playing the hymns of the faith on the piano. As a seven-year-old, I would come home from church and play every song we had sung – by ear. At nine years old, I began filling in for our church pianist. When I became a teenager, I resolved that I would become a classical concert pianist, and began to passionately work towards that dream. I practiced piano every waking moment possible, and dreamt about it in every non-waking moment. When I was in high school, I would play weekly on the grand … Read More